Virginia is the entrance to the South, both in history and physically. Ideal for an outdoor adventure or indoor musings on Virginia’s past — there’s plenty to do and see. “Mother of Presidents,” Virginia is a slice of America with its rich culture. Virginia’s beautiful climate and stunning natural sites make for an exciting vacation.
Virginia has an immense array of activities — from city life of culture and museums to small towns with charming festivals, and even the beautiful outdoors. Virginia is also full of awe-inspiring caverns, from the caverns at Natural Bridge, to the Endless Caverns, the Grand Caverns, and the Luray Caverns. You’re never at a loss for something to see!
Richmond is the capital of Virginia, and is known as a historical and bustling city. With the American Civil War Museum, the Edgar Allan Poe Museum, and even the Hollywood Cemetery, there’s lots to learn in Richmond. Virginia Beach is the most populous city in Virginia, with the beach itself drawing visitors for vacations.
Virginia has many small towns that are a delight to visit. Abingdon is a picturesque small town, with a historical setting. The buildings go back to the late 1700s, and the Barter Theater attracts visitors from all around. Monterey, in Highland County is nearby to the Shenandoah Valley. Monterey has beautiful buildings to admire, hiking trails, and even the Highland Maple Festival every March. Make sure to head to Colonial Williamsburg near Richmond for a taste of authentic colonial life!
The largest lake in Virginia is in Clarksville, at the John H. Kerr Reservoir/ Buggs Island Lake. The lake has over 800 miles of shoreline, and is a hotspot for fisherman. Clarksville is the only lakeside town in Virginia, with charming festivals and lots of restaurants. Smith Mountain Lake is smaller than Buggs Island Lake, but has 500 miles of shoreline — the “Jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains.” In Lyndhurt, Sherando Lake in the George Washington National Forest has acres of beaches, swimming and fishing, as well as campgrounds for you to pitch a tent for your vacation.
At The Great Falls National Park, the Potomac River is the main attraction — causing a crash of falls over the rocks. Mixing the history of the area with its eye-opening present, the Great Falls are a must-see in Virginia. Shenandoah National Park includes part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, as well as the scenic Skyline Drive. With hundreds of miles of hiking trails, Shenandoah is yours to explore.
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