Where: The river town of Natchez, on the Mississippi
Earn your stamp: Tour nearly 30 pristinely preserved antebellum homes, including famed houses such as Longwood and Rosalie. Hostesses in 19th-century dress (yes, you’ll see hoop skirts) share passed-down stories of the Civil War. And each night, the town hosts tableaux vivants of early Natchez life.
When to go: March 9 - April 9. Be sure to leave time for an azalea-lined drive on the Natchez Trace Parkway, which turns 75 this year.
Plan it now: Self-guided tours ($30) happen twice daily, showcasing three different homes on each one. natchezpilgrimage.com