Natchez, Mississippi

Leaving Baton Rouge, Highway 61 branches off to the Mississippi River and Natchez, Mississippi. The town claims some-1,000 structures on the National Register of Historic Places. Many of those are antebellum homes that invite tours during Natchez’s annual Spring and Fall Pilgrimage events; others are National Park Service sites open year ’round for visitation, from the majestic Melrose Mansion and the William Johnson House, named for the freed slave who inhabited it, to the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians, a prehistoric site that interprets the area’s indigenous people. Natchez’s historic downtown is walkable, but horse-drawn carriage tours, available at the intersection of Canal and State streets, up the charm.