Travel to Virginia and you will be going to the place where so much American history originates from. Eight Presidents were born in the state including four of the first five. And it also is home to more Civil War battlefields than any other state. But for those who are not all that interested in history, there are plenty of natural wonders which are worth marveling at in person. If you simply want to kick by the beach, you can do this as well! Here, we have hand-picked just four of the top attractions that you can enjoy during your time here.
If you want to imagine what life was like during the American Revolution, you can’t get much better than Williamsburg where many of the 18th-century buildings remain standing or have been reproduced in painstaking detail. The Marriott’s Manor Club at Ford’s Colony provides the perfect base from which you can explore the surrounding area. Just picturing yourself walking the same streets of the likes of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington is a special experience in itself. There are plenty of reenactments that take place throughout the area, meaning that people of all ages have the opportunity to see history come to life.
For all those beach bums out there, Virginia Beach should be your first port of call. Of course, the Atlantic Ocean can get a little chilly, so you need to make sure that you choose the right time of year for swimming. There are plenty of other indoor activities which you can enjoy if the weather is not all that kind to you including the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Museum. And when you are tired of kicking back by the beach, you could always enjoy one of the walking or hiking trails along the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
Back to history again, Mount Vernon was the home of George Washington for 45 years, and it remains an important place for many people. Much of the property has been faithfully preserved, and you can see plenty of remnants of George and Martha Washington’s home life throughout the property. The grounds and gardens were loved by the first President, and he took a personal interest in their planning and care.
Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive
Right in the heart of Virginia, the Shenandoah National Park contains the Blue Ridge Mountains. One of the best ways of experiencing everything that the park has to offer is by driving a car along the crest of the mountains on a route known as the Skyline Drive. If you would prefer to explore on foot, there are plenty of hiking trails which provide you with this opportunity. Come in the fall and the park comes to life with the rich autumnal colors of the trees.
If you are planning a trip to Old Dominion, there is no doubt that you should take in one or more of these incredible attractions.