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Natchez Trace and the Gulf

Days 1-2: Franklin, Tennessee

Planned Activities

  • Drive to start of the Natchez Trace
  • Check out Steve’s old neighborhood
  • Hike

Actual Activities

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The Plan: We’ll spend our first day driving to the Nashville area to the start of the Natchez Trace Parkway. Then we plan to spend a day in the area checking out where Steve used to live near Summertown and probably do some hiking.  

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Drive from home

542 miles

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Day 3: Florence, Alabama

Planned Activities

  • Drive the Natchez Trace Parkway
  • Hike at Devils Backbone or Meriwether Lewis
  • Wichahpi Stone Wall
  • Rock Spring

Actual Activities

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The Plan: This will be our first full day on the parkway. We plan to stop for a hike and at any wayside stops look interesting to us. 

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Drive from Franklin

150 miles

Stay at Hampton Inn Downtown

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Days 4-5: Tupelo, Mississippi

Planned Activities

  • Drive the Natchez Trace Parkway
  • Hike at Tishomingo State Park
  • Pharr Indian Mounds
  • Day trip to Oxford

Actual Activities

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The Plan: Our second day on the parkway. We’re spending two nights here so we can take a day trip to Oxford and the Bailey’s Woods Trail, a hike that sounds interesting to us. 

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Drive from Florence

75 miles

Stay at Hilton Garden Inn

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Days 6-7: Jackson, Mississippi

Planned Activities

  • Drive the Natchez Trace Parkway
  • Day trip to Vicksburg

Actual Activities

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The Plan: Our third day on the parkway. We’re spending two nights here so we can take a day trip to Vicksburg. 

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Drive from Tupelo

275 miles

Stay at Home2 Suites

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Days 6-7: Natchez, Mississippi

Planned Activities

  • Drive the Natchez Trace Parkway
  • Hike at Rocky Springs or Potkopinu Trail
  • Emerald Mound
  • Sightseeing in Natchez

Actual Activities

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The Plan: Our fourth and last day on the parkway. We’re spending a second night here because here are lots of old house in Natchez and we enjoy viewing them. We’ll probably spend a day just wandering around Natchez. 

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Drive from Jackson

110 miles

Stay at The Guest House

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Days 10-14: Bay St Louis, Mississippi

Planned Activities

  • Hang out at the beach
  • Explore the town

Actual Activities

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The Plan: We thought we’d experience three different areas on the gulf. Bay St Louis sounds appealing for the small town atmosphere. 

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Drive from Natchez

195 miles

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Days 15-18: Orange Beach, Alabama

Planned Activities

  • Hang out at the beach
  • Hike at the state park

Actual Activities

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The Plan: Orange Beach will represent the Alabama section of the gulf. We like the idea of walking to the state park to hike. 

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Drive from Bay St Louis

144 miles

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Days 19-25: Panama City Beach, Florida

Planned Activities

  • Hang out at the beach
  • Walk on the beach

Actual Activities

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The Plan: While we’re in the area we thought we’d hit the Florida panhandle, since I haven’t been to this part of the state. My brother’s family likes this area. 

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Drive from Orange Beach

144 miles

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Days 26-27: Panama City Beach to Home

Planned Activities

  • None

Actual Activities

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The Plan: We thought we’d experience three different areas on the gulf. Bay St Louis sounds appealing for the small town atmosphere. 

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Drive from Panama City Beach

974 miles

Stay at Country Inn & Suites

One night in the Nashville area on the way home

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