Natchez

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Natchez

A southern start in Natchez is a nice way to begin your journey. Overlooking the majestic Mississippi River, the town overflows with romantic history of grandeur and charm. Visitors can choose everything from carriage rides through the city and tours of some of the South’s most historic homes to taking a walking tour through downtown.

Port Gibson

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Port Gibson

About 40 miles outside of Natchez is the historic town of PORT GIBSON featuring homes, churches and public buildings in a town General U.S. Grant declared “too beautiful to burn.” The Ruins of Windsor showcase the stark beauty of the once stately Greek Revival mansion and offers visitors a glimpse back in time.

Port Gibson-Claiborne County Chamber of Commerce
601.437.4351
www.PortGibsonOnTheMississippi.com

Raymond

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Raymond

Forty miles north of Port Gibson brings you to the small antebellum city of Raymond. Raymond relies on its picturesque charm and Civil War history to welcome visitors. An interesting driving tour highlights the historic Hinds County Courthouse (1859) and the Dupree House (1878). The Confederate Cemetery and the Civil War Battlefield with its walking trail offer opportunities to explore where history was made in 1863.

Raymond Chamber of Commerce
601.857.8041
www.raymondms.com

Clinton

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Clinton

Known for southern hospitality, Clinton has many unique opportunities for guests of all ages.

History buffs will enjoy the numerous historical landmarks as well as the new visitor center. The Center features an array of historical artifacts and fine art, as well as gift items created by local artisans. Designed by Belinda Stewart of Eupora, MS, and constructed with period materials and period architectural details including a porch and “dogtrot,” the Center has the look and authentic charm of one of the 19th century farmhouses once located along the Natchez Trace. The handmade bricks of the exterior are the same kind used in Monticello and Mount Vernon; the cypress used in the Center’s porch supports, stair railings and interior features was reclaimed from a South Louisiana sugar mill demolished after more than a century in operation.

The Visitor Center is a hub for fun and fascinating cultural activities. The museum room, highlights the history of the Natchez Trace through Clinton, provides changing displays throughout the year and hosts monthly “Mississippi Old Time Music Society” jam sessions.

Recreational activities are abundant with numerous walking paths and exciting activities at one of Clinton’s many parks. At the Clinton Community Nature Center, guests can follow more than 2 ½ miles of walking trails under a magnificent native tree canopy passing through Fern Gully, Grapevine Loop and the “Elephant” Tree. Benches along the trails and in the Amphitheatre offer a peaceful rest before continuing to the site of the original Sumner Hill School and down to the Butterfly Garden. The Primitive Campsite Exhibit along the historic Natchez Trace offers the opportunity to walk in the tracks once known as the Chickasaw Trail, Choctaw Trail or Natchez Nashville Road, following the footsteps of the famous, like Andrew Jackson and John James Audubon, and the infamous, including Little Harpe and the Mason Gang.

The beautiful brick streets in Clinton’s Olde Towne accent an array of unique shops and nearby restaurants and hotels.

City Of Clinton, Clinton Visitor Center
601.924.2221
www.clintonms.org

visitorcenter@clintonms.org

Ridgeland

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Ridgeland

Rest assured Ridgeland has the Art of it All with exciting events, inspiring art, fantastic shopping and hands-on fun!

Ridgeland, Mississippi offers outstanding service and hospitality. Experience where water meets wonderful on the Ross Barnett Reservoir and the breathtaking beauty of the Natchez Trace Parkway is like looking at art on canvas. Ways to paint the town are endless with miles of unique shopping, delightful dinging and incredible accommodations.

The Mississippi Crafts Center, located near the Natchez Trace Parkway, features works of over 150 artisans, who are members of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi. The multi-million dollar center features artisan works, a blacksmith shop, a woodworkers shop, meeting space, outdoor demonstrations and exhibits.

Ridgeland is full of excitement during our many annual events such as the Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival in April which provides art enthusiasts the opportunity to view and purchase artwork from the nation’s premier artists. Throughout the year, there are other fantastic events such as Sante South Wine Festival, Kidfest Ridgeland, Natchez Trace Century Ride.

The north shore banks of the Ross Barnett Reservoir wind along the Natchez Trace Parkway and greet visitors with natural beauty and outstanding recreational opportunities. Be sure to visit the Ridgeland Visitor Center located in the Renaissance at Colony Park, a vibrant venue for shopping, dining and entertainment. You’ll Love Our Hospitality!

Ridgeland Tourism Commission
800.468.6078
www.visitridgeland.com

Florence

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Florence

The historic northwest Alabama communities provide a quality tourism destination for the traveler, offering excellent lodging, campgrounds, restaurants and shopping venues.

Notable attractions include the Father of the Blues, W.C. Handy, was born in a small log cabin in Florence. A museum in his honor contains an expansive collection of his personal papers and artifacts. Visitors can also see his famous trumpet and the piano on which he composed the famous “St. Louis Blues”.

Other famous attractions include the only structure in Alabama built by noted twentieth century architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The house, built in Florence in 1939, has been meticulously restored and is open as a house museum.

Florence/Lauderdale Tourism
888.356.8687

www.VisitFlorenceAL.com

Kosciusko

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Kosciusko

Named after Tadeusz Kosciuszko, a Polish General who served as a military engineer in the American Revolutionary War, Kosciusko is one of the oldest remaining settlements on the Natchez Trace.

Located in the center of Mississippi, the town was once a campsite for travelers making the long trip from Natchez to Nashville by way of the Natchez Trace.

With its historic downtown square and over 100-year-old Attala County Courthouse, Kosciusko has been designated as one of America’s 100 best small towns.

Today, visitors stop to enjoy some of the nationally known antique shops, restaurants and the bed and breakfast inn.

Key attractions include L.V. Hull’s Yard Art, which features a unique collection of eclectic works by one of the town’s artisans, and the Kosciusko Museum and Information Center, which offers information about the town and other Mississippi attractions.

Kosciusko also celebrates being the birthplace of Oprah Winfrey, and is the site of the annual Natchez Trace Festival, held the last Saturday in April.

Attala Development Corporation
662.289.2981
www.kadcorp.org

French Camp

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French Camp

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The Log Cabin sits at the gateway to the French Camp historic district to welcome you.

Located at mileage marker 181 on the Natchez Trace, French Camp is a delightful mix of the
old and new. Discover how early Americans lived in the Natchez Trace Historic District of French Camp Academy. Walk through the authentic antebellum home, visit an old graveyard, and reminisce in the museum. Spend the night in the rustic (but fully modernized) French Camp Bed and Breakfast, constructed from log cabins. Dine at the Council House Cafe and shop at the Log Cabin Gift Shop. See the galaxies through research grade telescopes at Rainwater Observatory. Stop by the bakery for a fresh loaf of homemade bread. Plan a conference or retreat at Rising Son Conference Center. Get a visitors pass and schedule a tour of French Camp Academy, a Christian boarding school serving young people and their families since 1885.

Ninety miles north of Jackson, Mississippi, this timeless treasure abounds with a colorful past of generals, pirates, explorers, Indians, bootleggers and buried gold. The real French Camp Story is not about a place, but about the people. The pioneering spirit and resourcefulness of the first settlers carved a way of life from the abundant Mississippi wilderness. Their community-wide commitment to the education and spiritual development of their children provide the foundation for French Camp Academy, a school born of humble beginnings in the nineteenth century.

For more information call (662) 547-9464 or visit or website, www.frenchcamp.org/historic

Tupelo

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Tupelo

Tupelo, located in the northeast part of Mississippi and intersected by U.S. Highways 45 and 78 and the historic Natchez Trace Parkway, is the ideal getaway, with a diverse mix of fun and exciting attractions that are totally unique.

The Natchez Trace Parkway headquarters are located in Tupelo, and here visitors are immersed in the road’s colorful and exciting history through recently redesigned and refined exhibits that combine scholarship with entertainment. Living history demonstrations, like Pioneer Day, offer children and adults alike an opportunity to participate in activities such as corn shuck doll making, basket weaving, beading, and leatherworking.

Elvis’ birthplace is a prime attraction drawing visitors to Tupelo where they meet the child who would become an icon. The story of Elvis and Tupelo is told on the grounds, in the birthplace house and museum and in the church Elvis attended as a child, as well as on a driving tour of significant sites.

Fun-loving guests will love Tupelo’s other attractions as well. The Tupelo Automobile Museum, Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo and HealthWorks! Kids Museum are just a sample of what Tupelo can offer visitors. Special events, great dining and eclectic shopping make Tupelo your ticket for a great time!

Tupelo CVB
800.533.0611
www.tupelo.net

Tishomingo County

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Tishomingo County

Swinging Bridge in Tishomingo State Park
Swinging Bridge in Tishomingo State Park

Tishomingo County — Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, beautiful vistas and home to Woodall Mountain, the highest point in Mississippi, two award-winning state parks, a national park, 50,000 acres of lakes, 12,000 acres of protected hunting areas and 10 Corps of Engineers parks. An outdoor enthusiast’s paradise—caves, canyons, swinging bridge, covered bridge, and miles of hiking trails and streams perfect for canoeing, fishing and swimming. Take a break at our quaint restaurants and cafes, arts and craft shops and the old Tishomingo County Courthouse Museum, once the “Marriage Capitol of the South.”

Tishomingo is always a refreshing change of pace! Learn more by visiting www.tishomingofunhere.org or call 662-423-0051.

Muscle Shoals

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Muscle Shoals

The historic northwest Alabama communities provide a quality tourism destination for the traveler, offering excellent lodging, campgrounds, restaurants and shopping venues.

Colbert County Convention & Visitors Bureau
800.344.0783
www.colbertcountytourism.org

Sheffield

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Sheffield

Sheffield, also known as the “Center of the Shoals”, is centrally located between the cities of Florence, Muscle Shoals, and Tuscumbia in the northwest region of Alabama. The city, with a population of just under 10,000, possesses a small town friendliness with the conveniences of a larger metropolitan area, such as a local university, hospitals, shopping, and entertainment. The Community leaders and citizens of Sheffield treasure their hospitable and family-oriented lifestyle and have preserved this tradition through well-planned growth.

Colbert County Convention & Visitors Bureau
800.344.0783
www.colbertcountytourism.org

Tuscumbia

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Tuscumbia

The historic northwest Alabama communities provide a quality tourism destination for the traveler, offering excellent lodging, campgrounds, restaurants and shopping venues.

Notable attractions include the birthplace and childhood home of Helen Keller, located in Tuscumbia. Tours of the main house and birthplace cottage include a museum room with Keller memorabilia, the famous well pump and the carriage house.Alabama’s musical heritage is showcased at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, also in Tuscumbia. The museum features all styles of music and pays tribute to thousands of Alabamians.

Colbert County Convention & Visitors Bureau
800.344.0783
www.colbertcountytourism.org

Collinwood

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Collinwood

Discover one of the hidden treasures along the Natchez Trace when you stop in at the Wayne County Welcome Center in Collinwood for a warm welcome (or good-bye) to Tennessee.

Friendly volunteers will give you information and help direct you to attractions like Collinwood’s Old Depot Library, the only surviving building associated with the Tennessee Western Railroad, and the T.S. Stribling Museum in Clifton, where a once-forgotten Pulitzer-prize winning author is remembered.

Tour the small museum at the Welcome Center, learn about local festivals like Old Timer’s Day, Singing on the Farm, Pumpkin Harvest, Horseshoe Riverbend, the Tour de Wayne Bicycle Ride, enjoy home cooking in our local restaurants and join in small-town activities like fish fries, bean suppers, and gospel singings.

Find bargains in antique shops in Collinwood and Waynesboro. Stay a while and canoe the beautiful Buffalo River or Shoal Creek, rent a pontoon boat and float the Tennessee River, or ask about fishing and hunting in our many creeks and lush valleys.

Hohenwald

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Hohenwald

After visiting the site of Meriwether Lewis’ death and monument that marks his grave, drive into the downtown area to visit the Lewis County Museum of Natural History.  Their exhibit on Meriwether Lewis includes the key to the cabin where he died.  Exhibits on early American Settlement, the Civil War, and Gordonsburg mining will give you a better understanding of what you will see in Lewis County.  The museum also contains one of the largest collections of wild game trophies in the western hemisphere.  The recorded voices of Dan and Margaret Maddox, who acquired the collection over half a century, guide you through the exhibits.

Few other places have such a diverse mix of sites all packed into a small area-an Amish and Mennonite settlement and General Store, home to two wineries along the Natchez Trace Wine Trail, working Alpaca and horse farms, a 1960’s commune, antique shops with small town prices, unique clothing and gift stores, specialty restaurants, horseback riding trails, even the nation’s largest natural habitat refuge developed specifically for endangered African and Asian elephants.

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Hohenwald/Lewis County Chamber of Commerce

931-796-4084

http://hohenwaldlewischamber.com

Leiper’s Fork

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Leiper’s Fork

Rich in history, the communities just South of Nashville offer travelers scenic beauty, delicious dining and unique special events.

Historic Leiper’s Fork combines an eclectic mix of country simplicity and sophisticated charm. An outdoor lawn-chair theatre along with antiques, artisan and unique gift shops plus delicious country cooking provide a fun time for travelers venturing off the Parkway.

Leiper’s Fork is the only historic village on the Tennessee portion of the Natchez Trace Parkway and offers the quaintness of the past and the convenience of the present. If you’ll listen carefully on any Saturday night, you’ll still hear the faint ring of a banjo and a fiddle echoing throughout the hills and hollows around Leiper’s Fork.

Historic Leiper’s Fork
866.253.9207
http://visitleipersfork.com/

Franklin

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Franklin

Rich in history, Franklin is just minutes from Nashville and offers the grand beauty of Victorian and Antebellum architecture backdropped by the breathtaking, rolling countryside that is special to Middle Tennessee. Known for its award-winning Main Street and small town charm, Franklin showcases antique galleries and unique shops in its historic downtown district. Visitors can explore Civil War history throughout the county.

Williamson County Convention and Visitors Bureau
615-791-7554
www.visitwilliamson.com

Nashville

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Nashville

Country, rock, blues, gospel, jazz or bluegrass – Nashville delivers on its title of Music City every day. If music is what draws you to our city, you won’t leave disappointed. We’re very proud of our legacy as the home of Country music, but Music City is also overflowing with festivals, clubs and events. Nashville features singers, songwriters and musicians who have made incredible contributions to the worlds of pop, rock, gospel, Americana, contemporary Christian and bluegrass.

Silhouetted by an incomparable musical backdrop, Nashville also boasts history and heritage with museums, historic homes and cultural and family attractions. Music City also features a renowned symphony, chamber orchestra, ballet and opera, as well as numerous theater companies. Nashville offers diverse choices for even the most discriminating tastes.

Proving that a city can be both regal and engaging, Nashville provides all the amenities of a cosmopolitan city with the convenience and feel of a small town. Come discover Nashville!

Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau
800.657.6910
www.visitmusiccity.com