Set on a high bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, 90 mi/145 km southwest of Jackson, Natchez was born in the cotton-boom days. Riverboats still dock there, although now they're more likely to carry vacationers than bales of cotton.
Established in 1716 as Fort Rosalie by Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, the city is the oldest European settlement on the Mississippi River.
Nearly 500 historic buildings and homes are located in Natchez. At the Natchez National Historical Park, v... Subscribe to travel42 to read the full Destination Guide. travel42 offers professionally written guides on more than 5,700 travel destinations and ports-of-call worldwide. Go to travel-42.com to learn more, or call 1.866.566.8136 to subscribe. Copyright (c) 2016 Northstar Travel Media, LLC. travel42.