Virginia

Virginia and American history go hand in hand and you’ll find plenty of landmarks and museums to capture your imagination here, as well as beautiful natural spaces, fantastic beaches and world-class theme parks. Starting on Virginia’s lovely coast, you’ve got Williamsburg, the former capital of the 17th century Virginia colony. Here you’ll find colonial history and museums, with the most impressive landmarks being the magnificent Governor’s Palace, the Capitol, Courthouse and Bruton Parish Church. There’s also The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum for those into their art and crafts. If you’d rather indulge in some shopping, Merchants Square has a fantastic farmer’s market and quaint shops for picking up souvenirs.

On the outskirts of Williamsburg there are shopping malls, golf courses and the popular Busch Gardens theme park and Water Country USA waterpark if you feel like splashing around in the hot Virginia heat. Talking of heat, one of the best places to escape it is the lovely Virginia Beach where you’ll find gorgeous sandy stretches, beachside attractions and plenty of chances to try water sports. Back inland is the capital of Virginia, Richmond, full of fascinating Civil War landmarks like the White House of the Confederacy, the American Civil War Centre and the gleaming Capitol Building. There’s also the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the gorgeous Gilded Age estate at Maymont and the stunning 19th-century Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.

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Some of Virginia’s best restaurants are here in Richmond in the cobblestoned streets of the Shockoe Slip district, and there’s plenty of bars to check out after hours. While you’re in Virginia, get out of the city for a day and take to the great outdoors at Shenandoah National Park. This sprawling park runs along the Blue Ridge Mountains and gives excellent hiking trails including a section of the famous Appalachian Trail. In the small town of Luray, there’s the famous Luray Caverns, an underground cave system the size of a cathedral. If you’d rather explore above ground, there’s also the pretty Skyline Drive which runs 109 miles along the stunning Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Mountains. With so many museums, shops and sights – both natural and manmade, a holiday to Virginia is filled with adventure around every corner.

Some of Virginia’s best restaurants are here in Richmond in the cobblestoned streets of the Shockoe Slip district, and there’s plenty of bars to check out after hours. While you’re in Virginia, get out of the city for a day and take to the great outdoors at Shenandoah National Park. This sprawling park runs along the Blue Ridge Mountains and gives excellent hiking trails including a section of the famous Appalachian Trail. In the small town of Luray, there’s the famous Luray Caverns, an underground cave system the size of a cathedral. If you’d rather explore above ground, there’s also the pretty Skyline Drive which runs 109 miles along the stunning Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Mountains. With so many museums, shops and sights – both natural and manmade, a holiday to Virginia is filled with adventure around every corner.

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10 facts about Virginia

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Virginia’s capital of Richmond is one of America’s oldest major cities. It dates back to colonial times and has had a rich revolutionary history.

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The favourite music of Virginia is Bluegrass and the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, one of Jonny Cash’s haunts, is one of the best venues to catch a concert.

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Virginia even has snow!

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Wintergreen Resort in Nelson County boasts 129 acres of ski slopes for winter and has golf, zip-lining and river “tubing” in summer.

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The people of Virginia love their beer and last year the state was voted the fourth in the country for beer brewing by the Great American Beer Festival.

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Busch Gardens Williamsburg covers a giant 383-acres and is home to the Apollo's Chariot rollercoaster, voted the fourth best steel coaster in 2012.

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Virginia played a huge part in the American Civil War and over half of the battles fought during this time were held here – that’s 2,200 of 4,000!

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The only oyster museum in the world is on Chincoteague Island along with many horses and ponies and fantastic fishing opportunities. Thomas Jefferson bought the land on which Natural Bridge is located back in 1774. Today it is a tourist attraction with a spectacular evening light show.

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On the island of Chincoteague, the "Saltwater Cowboys" take part in the famous Pony Swim, rounding up wild ponies from the neighbouring island.

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Maryland claims the title for best crab but Virginia isn’t far behind and the Shore Drive's Dockside Seafood Market in Virginia Beach is the place to try them.

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