Although many people may want to take day trips or vacations to the beach this summer, some might prefer a different sort of trip.
Mississippi offers other places for day trips besides the Gulf Coast, and two of these places will also serve as trips that feature history. Vicksburg and Natchez sit about two to three hours away from Union on the Mississippi River, the state’s Western border. Both locations would serve as beautiful and educational day trips for Union residents this summer.
Situated on the Mississippi River, the city of Vicksburg will present an unique day trip for anyone who enjoys history. The main attraction is the Vicksburg National Military Park, a battlefield from the American Civil War.
One can just easily drive through the park, viewing the monuments and battlefields from his or her car, or one can examine everything on foot (which is the preferred way in my opinion). The U.S.S. Cairo Museum also showcases a Civil War naval ship in conjunction with the military park, and several cemeteries also exist where many of those lost in the Civil War now rest.
Other things to do in Vicksburg include several museums about Mississippi history that line the streets. Even the streets feature history in the form of the Vicksburg Riverfront Murals.
Furthermore, for lovers of late 19th century and early 20th century architecture, many older houses are available to tour as well. The view of the Mississippi River leaves travelers impressed. Vicksburg has far too many historical attractions to list, but if anyone goes here for a day trip to learn about history, he or she will not come home disappointed.
Natchez, which sits farther south along the Mississippi River, also offers many things to do for those who love history. Several historic homes are available for tours. Some are even antebellum mansions that one could be seen in movies. A few these include Longwood, Stanton Hall and Rosalie Mansion.
Natchez also features St. Mary’s Basilica, a Catholic cathedral with the definitive architecture of European cathedrals. The inside also proves beautiful. This cathedral provides a unique feature of Natchez as a true cathedral is a rarity in this part of the country. Many different restaurants also line the streets that provide a good lunch and dinner for any who travel here. Like Vicksburg, the views of the Mississippi from Natchez also provide a compelling reason to consider this town as a day trip location.
If anyone wants to venture into Louisiana, Natchez proves the perfectly launching point. After doing some light touring of the town and perhaps eating lunch, one can simply drive across the bridge over the Mississippi into Louisiana. For those looking to take a weekend trip, spending a day in Vicksburg and a day in Natchez would aid in seeing all the nights of both Western Mississippi towns.
One does not have to go far or big, famous to cities to experience history. It sits right here in Mississippi. For day or weekend trips in Mississippi, one should look no further than Vicksburg and Natchez to experience history fully. One can tour a Civil War battlefield and ship while going to see an authentic cathedral the very next day.
As for children, they can learn about history in this direct manner better than a textbook, and they will likely enjoy a trip to these places as well. Union residents should consider these destinations this summer when planning a day or weekend getaway.
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