Stretching 444 miles across Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee, the Natchez Trace Parkway is steeped in history dating back to centuries before the country even existed. Today the Trace Parkway is a great route connecting rural towns, big cities, exciting state parks, and the birthplace of more than one popular historical figure.
Get off the interstate and enjoy an easy drive through the country along the Trace Parkway to 9 iconic destinations that will captivate your attention and feed your soul. Enjoy a little outdoor recreation, duck into a museum, or devour a delicious local meal. Visit the first capital of Mississippi, the Old Capital Building in Jackson, then tour the new capital building. Visit the birthplace of Elvis Presley then explore Ivy Green, the birthplace of Helen Keller. Discover the musical heritage of Alabama and visit the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.
The Natchez Trace Parkway connects all this and so much more along an easy-to-drive two lane road across a beautiful landscape. Enjoy short hiking trails, scenic overlooks, and exhibition shelters along the way. Spend a night or two in the free campgrounds catching lightning bugs and enjoying the peacefulness of a cool summer night.
I spent 30 days driving the Natchez Trace Parkway from Natchez to Nashville. Along the way I stopped in cute small towns, big cities, state parks, and discovered so much to see and do. Follow along my adventure on this travel microsite filled with stories and photography to discover for yourself the hidden wonders across Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee along the Natchez Trace Parkway.