It’s no mistake that Natchez, Mississippi, is called the crown jewel of southwestern Mississippi. This quiet town and its surrounding area plays host to a unique blend of history, festivals and blues. If you are seeking out a vacation away from the usual, Natchez might just hit the bull’s eye. Here are some sights you should not miss if you are passing through this exciting town.
1. Learn more about what music fans will tell you–that Natchez’s most abundant natural resource is the blues. The Blues Trail is a series of historical markers and sights that stretches from Louisiana to Memphis and passes directly through Natchez. Find out more about Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson and John Lee Hooker through this unique trail.
2. Visit Natchez in October for its Angels on the Bluff annual balloon race. At this exciting time dozens of hot air balloons raced down the Mississippi River to the delight of crowds below. This event is a rare opportunity to see this many hot air balloons all at once.
3. Take a trip through history by taking one of Natchez’s many historical tours. The Natchez Plantation offers you a view into the old ways of farm life, while the Natchez Cemetery offers ghost tours for those brave enough to visit. And the Devereaux Shields House offers a wealth of sights for architecture buffs.
4. Learn about Natchez’s original inhabitants at the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians. This recreated American Indian village housed by Jefferson College is a great way to look into how these residents lived, worked, ate and played.
5. Get down and dirty every April as Natchez celebrates its musical heritage. The annual Blues Festival is an opportunity to see some of the finest blues musicians still playing today.
6. Gamble at the Isle of Capris Casino. This casino is open 24 hours a day for you to try your luck at blackjack or at the many slot machines. Riverboat gambling in Natchez, MS, is big business. No visit to Natchez is complete without a trip to the casino.