Natchez Trace, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee
The 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway checks a lot of boxes: Low-traffic? Yes, and with restricted speeds. Sparce intersections? No problem, also no stop signs. Friendly people? Of course. The route, based on an old forest trail used by Native Americans, is lined with bed and breakfasts, campgrounds, places to eat, and historic sites such as prehistoric burial mounds, Civil War memorials, and all manner of creeks and waterfalls. Plus, even though not everybody knows your name, everybody knows why you’re there and won’t get in your way. The hills are mild, the road is smooth, and the curves are mostly gentle, so it’s a great way to cruise through some spectacular stretches of the South through Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. Start at the northern end for steeper hills and to see the bridge at Birdsong Hollow, or the south for flatter stuff and the burial mounds, or do the whole thing.