What to see in Virginia


Virginia is steeped in history and visitors to the Old Dominion are spoilt for choice when it comes to taking a look into the past. The state is justifiably proud of its place in American history, having produced eight American presidents. Tourists can explore the homes of two of these presidents at Mount Vernon and Monticello, both top attractions.

The city draws in many tourists each year, offering world-class museums as well as natural wonders like the Luray Caverns, the Natural Bridge and Shenandoah National Park. Once home to the first English settlers on the continent, Virginia also contains fascinating colonial history, including a number of Civil War battlefields. These are most popularly explored within the Richmond National Battlefield Park. Many districts of the colonial capital of Williamsburg have been restored to their 18th century splendour.

For something a bit less quaint and historical, the state capital, Richmond, provides wonderful shopping opportunities as well as some great restaurants specialising in local produce and some award-winning wines.

Those with a penchant for the outdoors will also find plenty of diversions in Virginia: there are lots of hiking opportunities as well as a beautiful shoreline to occupy visitors during the summer months.

Capitol Square

Richmond's Capitol Square is an oasis of old trees and green lawns in the heart of the downtown area, perched on a hilltop. The magnificent centrepiece is the neo-classical State Capitol…

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Richmond National Battlefield Park

Between 1861 and 1865, Union armies repeatedly set out to capture Richmond, strategic capital of the Confederacy, and end the Civil War. Three of those campaigns came within a few miles of the city.…

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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Richmond boasts an exceptional Fine Arts Museum, which presents a panorama of world art from ancient to modern, including the largest public Fabergé imperial Easter egg collection outside of…

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The Chrysler Museum of Art

Originally founded in 1933, the Chrysler Museum of Art is located on the waters of The Hague, in the Ghent district of Norfolk, and is home to the art collection of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. Over time…

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Nauticus is a must-see for families on holiday in Norfolk. This maritime-themed science centre and museum now stands where Norfolk's banana pier once stood and features exhibits, interactive theatres,…

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