New Orleans and Venice Too Crowded? Visit These Places Instead
New Orleans (left) and Natchez, Mississippi look pretty alike, don’t they? (Photos: New Orleans Online, Stanton Hall)
The canals of Venice are famous worldwide. And rightfully so. Who doesn’t love a post-pizza gondola ride? Scotland’s famous for its Highland region, which brings in hikers and history buffs alike.
But with fame can come frustration, congestion and expense. Just like the Kardashians, the Scottish Highlands are plagued by people wielding iPhones, and you’ll pay dearly for that gondolier cruise, too.
Never fear. There are other destinations you might not have considered that can give you the same scenery and excitement, without the crowds … and, in some cases, without the expenses.
We sought out lesser-known destinations that would make great substitutes for places you already know and love.
Natchez paddleboat on the Mississippi. (Photo: Mark Morgan/Flickr)
You Love: New Orleans
Check Out: Natchez, Mississippi
Natchez is actually older than New Orleans. In 2016, the town will celebrate its 300th birthday, and thanks to a prime location on the Mississippi River, the town is a melting pot of cultures. From architecture to cuisines to museums, you’ll find African-American, British, Frenc, Native American, and Spanish influences here.
You can … take a horse-drawn carriage tour through the historic downtown.
Definitely eat at … the iconic Fat Mama’s for a famous Mississippi tamale.
Don’t miss … the Natchez City Cemetery. It was established in 1822 and covers approximately 100 acres of land. There are several cemetery tours available, and special cemetery events that sell out every year.
Annecy, France. (Photo: Thinkstock)