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Overview

Virginia travel offers a striking array of mountain landscapes and an incredible number of historical locations. The western part of the state, or Virginia Mountains Region, features the ruggedly beautiful Appalachian Mountains, most easily accessible by the 105 mile Skyline Drive that leads visitors through the most beautiful areas of the region including Shenandoah National Park, a recreational haven. In central Virginia, Charlottesville is a charming city steeped in history and southern hospitality. Some of the more interesting historic attractions in Charlottesville include the National Battlefield, the Museum of the Confederacy, and the Valentine Museum. The unforgettable landscapes of the Chesapeake Bay area showcase the state’s eastern coastline. Arlington has plenty to offer and is situated just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.

Central Virginia is rich in historical sites. Several former U.S. presidents have lived in the area, including James Monroe, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. The dignified estates of Monticello (Jefferson’s home) and Montpelier (Madison’s home) are located outside of Charlottesville and are open for tours year-round. The American Civil War was fought throughout the region and several sites, including museums, parks, monuments and educational centers memorialize battles such as Fredericksburg, Lynchburg, and Appomattox.

Arlington is located on the banks of the Potomac and overlooks the nation’s capital. Several bridges link the cities and a well-managed public transportation is available to allow visitors to enjoy the attractions of both areas. The Arlington National Cemetery is here, home to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The Changing of the Guard here is a popular daily event. John F. Kennedy’s grave and Eternal Flame are also popular sights. Alexandria is a suburban area of Arlington and features a charming historic district where old brick homes have been refurbished into unique shops and restaurants. Don’t miss the Torpedo Factory Art Center on the waterfront; this innovative gallery showcases an incredible selection of work from local artists. George Washington’s former estate, Mount Vernon, features a magnificent mansion and grounds and is one of the nation’s most visited historic sites.

Virginia Beach also offers plenty of historical sites but also provides visitors an endless variety of fun and entertaining activities. A 3 mile long boardwalk lines the beach and provides endless amusement in the form of unique shops, eateries, amusement parks, and live performers. Swimming, sea kayaking, and fishing are also available here, and cruise tours bring guests face to face with resident whales and dolphins. There are almost 30 golf courses in the area to challenge players of any skill level. The paved bike path is popular, leading bikers among many ocean-side attractions. The Virginia Marine Science Museum is a very popular destination, a short drive south of the boardwalk area, and showcases hundreds of interactive, hands-on exhibits including countless aquariums, touch tanks, a sea turtle hatchery, and resident harbor seals.


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