Where: Monticello, Mount Vernon, and Montpelier
Earn your stamp: Though all eyes are on D.C. for the inauguration, look west for the homes of Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and James Madison, all within a 100-mile swath. No sleepy history tours—think tours of Jefferson’s vineyard, tastings of Martha’s cherry punch, and archaeological digs at Montpelier.
When to go: In the spring to take in each site’s extensive gardens. In May, the Montpelier wine festival showcases Virginia wines and food.
Plan it now: Monticello, monticello.org; Montpelier, montpelier.org; Mount Vernon, mountvernon.org