"An Unknown Treasure - The Natchez Trace Parkway" Top 5 Page for this destination Mississippi by calcaf38
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I shouldn't say unknown, exactly, but the Natchez Trace Parkway doesn't have the reclame of, say, Mount Rushmore. I confess I had never heard of it.
The Natchez Trace was a footpath created by Chickasaw, Choctaw and Natchez Indians, and adopted by French settlers in the 1730s. By the 1810s, it was a major road, with many inns along the way, but also notorious for its murderous thieves. Improved river navigation in the 1820s meant the end of the Natchez Trace as a business artery, and it reverted to a country lane.
In the 1930s, a peaceful two-lane road was built next (and sometimes above) the old trace. Today, this amazing road, with interesting stops every few miles, runs from Natchez to Nashville. I drove the Natchez Trace Parkway from Natchez to Tupelo (half of the total length), with a short interruption around Port Gibson.
Driving up or down the Trace is quite an experience. There is hardly any traffic. The speed limit is 50 miles an hour. After a while, you can feel isolated, especially around dusk. You can't help thinking of the travelers who trod the path by foot, at the mercy of wild animals and those bloodthirsty thieves.
- Pros:A major attraction with no crowds and no cost
- Cons:Can be almost eerie
- In a nutshell:An authentic American experience
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