May 1 – 7, 2016 is officially National Travel and Tourism Week all across the country. And while there are plenty of wonderful places to check out during this celebration of tourism and its positive impact on the country, we are here to tell you why you should visit one of America’s favorite scenic byways, the historic Natchez Trace Parkway.
So what’s to love?
First, there’s a lot to explore and experience along the 444-mile route. From the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains all the way to the high bluffs of the Mississippi River, the 18 unique Trace communities are sure to please travelers of all stripes. And no matter where you journey takes you, you’ll be sure to encounter friendly locals and fun fellow travelers all along the serpentine route.
Our favorite road also comes alive with history at every turn. Nations Travel and Tourism Week was established by a congressional resolution back in 1983, but the Trace has been alive for much long than that. Travelers of the animal kind wore the trail to its initial state thousands of years ago. Humans followed shortly thereafter, and the steady stream of visitors hasn’t slowed since those early days. Today, the history of Native American tribes, early pioneers, and Civil War combatants is on display at every turn.
Finally, the Natchez Trace offers a host of excellent activities for any tastes or interests. Lots of visitors go for peddling along the route, where the entire stretch offers scenic roadway, unspoiled by commercial signage or development, not to mention the gorgeous vistas. Along the way, the Natchez Trace also provides innumerable side trails and opportunities for hiking fun in the great outdoors. Camping opportunities abound and interpretive exhibits offer a self-guided opportunity to explore the lives of Trace travelers past.
So what are you waiting for? Come out and celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week on the Natchez Trace Parkway and enjoy historic attractions, spring flowers, and outdoor recreational activities. And while you’re out there, share your experiences with us and your fellow travelers by using the official hashtag at #NTTW16 and hashtag #TheNatchezTrace. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
Looking to learn more about the beautiful Natchez Trace? Download your free Visitor’s Guide.