It's what you love about the South.
Named one of the friendliest cities in the nation, Natchez, Mississippi is a charming riverfront haven known for down-home hospitality, Southern traditions and good old fashioned fun. A picturesque city poised atop tall bluffs, you’ll find natural beauty, unsurpassed sunsets and lovely river views. But this alluring enclave is more than just a pretty face.
The oldest settlement on the Mississippi River, Natchez has earned a name as both the bed and breakfast and biscuit capital of the South. From casino gaming and home-cooked Southern cuisine to impeccably preserved historic homes and scenic trails, there are all kinds of entertaining options and unique activities to explore. With over 13 National Landmarks and more than 1,000 structures on the National Register of Historic Places, Natchez is committed to preserving the past while embracing the future.
Take a horse and carriage ride through downtown or listen to live tunes at Biscuits & Blues. Walk the shady paths of the Natchez Trace Parkway or visit the famous Turning Angel monument at Natchez City Cemetery. Eat home-baked biscuits, pulled pork BBQ and po-boys galore. Sip a famous Knock-You-Naked margarita at Fat Mama’s or take a kayak ride on the Mississippi River. Learn about cultural traditions at the African-American History Museum or discover the gritty past at Natchez Under-the-Hill. Walk in the footsteps of history while relishing modern Southern comforts.
And as a city that’s all about socializing, there’s no shortage of lively festivals and fun-filled soirees all year round, from October’s breathtaking Great Mississippi River Balloon Race to March’s vibrant Natchez Indian Pow Wow to December’s glittering Christmas in Natchez.
Visit historic mansions and listen to costumed guides telling true tales of former residents during the Spring and Fall Pilgrimages. Watch athletes race their way down the mighty Mississippi for the Phatwater Kayak Challenge. Or, hear musical tributes and enthralling stories about locals long departed in the Angels on the Bluff Cemetery Tour. Every season offers its own adventure.
In Natchez, there are no strangers, only newfound friends. This unsurpassed hospitality was given a nod by the readers of Conde Nast magazine, who recently named Natchez one of the friendliest cities in the country. Smiling faces and Southern hospitality have been the city’s calling card for nearly three centuries. Even first-time visitors will feel like they’re coming home.
Natchez has also been Named Best Historical Small Town by AAA Southern Traveler, and listed in National Geographic's 50 Places of a Lifetime and Life Magazine’s 100 Places to See in Your Lifetime.
Come 2016, Natchez will celebrate her 300th anniversary -- and this is a city that loves a good party. The big birthday soiree will feature 12 months of celebrations, events and activities honoring a rich and fascinating history. There’ll be a Beer, Bourbon & Biscuits Festival; a Civil War 5K Mud Run; a Celebrity Golf Tournament; a Food and Wine Festival -- plus historical reenactments, parades, galas and much more throughout the course of the year. It’s the perfect time to plan a visit to this charming Southern city.
Natchez, with her Southern traditions, unsurpassed hospitality and lively sense of adventure, is like no place else. It’s what you love about the South. Explore the countless things to do and avenues to explore at VisitNatchez.org today. 800-647-6724