Virginia is for lovers as their state slogan goes. Virginia is for nature lovers, wine lovers, history lovers, and more! This lovely Southern state offers amazing experiences in a relatively condensed area. It takes only 3.5 hours to drive from south to north (Norfolk to Alexandria) and its territory stretches from the Chesapeake Bay in the east to the Appalachian Mountains to the west. Tucked in between you have spectacular scenery, lovely seaside and mountain towns, so much history and world-class attractions.
SOME OF OUR FAVORITE SPOTS
Let’s discover some of my favorite spots in Virginia! Getting there is quite easy whether you drive or fly into one of its many airports (including Norfolk, Richmond, Dulles International and others).
If American history is what you’re after, you must start with a visit to the old settlement of Jamestown, dating back to the 1600’s and nearby Williamsburg with its colonial architecture and charming historic district. For some coastal fun, check out Virginia Beach, where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, and make sure to stroll along its 3-mile long boardwalk and visit the nearby First Landing State Park, where the colonists of Jamestown first arrived from England.
If you prefer that cool mountain air and want to rent a cabin to escape from the city, you must make your way towards Shenandoah National Park and drive along the scenic Skyline Drive, where you may site bears and deer and hike to some gorgeous waterfalls and panoramic viewpoints. Consider staying near Luray as there are also some quaint small towns and the famous Luray Caverns, the largest cave system in the Eastern US. You will also find some distilleries and wineries that do tours and tastings, such as the Copper Fox Distillery in Sperryville and the DuCard Vineyards in Etland.
As Virginia was one of the original 13 colonies, there is history at every turn, and another must-see location is Monticello in Charlottesville, or Thomas Jefferson’s stately mansion built in the late 1700’s. Nearby is the university also founded by Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia, well worth a visit, and the delightful downtown filled with shops and delicious eateries. Make sure you try the fried chicken at Michie Tavern, a historic tavern that has amazing southern cuisine. If you’re impressed with Monticello, then you must also stop at Mount Vernon, George Washington’s plantation overlooking the Potomac River. Mount Vernon is located in the beautiful town of Alexandria, just minutes away from Washington, D.C., in case you want to combine your visit to VA with the capital city.
Whether you decide to head to Virginia for a weekend, or have a full week to spend there, Virginia will not disappoint. Driving around there are often small towns, historic monuments, and places where you can sample some of the local foods and libations. Depending on the time of year, you can usually find some colorful farmer’s markets selling the local produce and locally made products, and even festivals and fairs with live music and fun activities for all. Head to Virginia, as it really does have activities for lovers of just about anything!