What to see in Virginia


Virginia is certainly no ordinary state; offering many attractions appealing to a variety of interests it makes for a popular choice with those looking for a break away and presents some valuable sightseeing to top it off.

Entrenched in history, visitors of the Old Dominion are spoilt for choice when it comes to taking a look into the past. Virginia is proud of its place in American history, and so it should be with eight American presidents having called Virginia home. Tourists can explore the homes of two of these presidents at Mount Vernon and Monticello, two top attractions. Virginia also holds great colonial history, evident in its Civil War battlefields, which are also some of the most visited sites - one of which is the Richmond National Battlefield Park. The colonial capital of Williamsburg has been restored to its 18th-century look and feel and draws in many tourists each year, offering history as well as natural wonders such as the Luray Caverns, the Natural Bridge and Shenandoah National Park, to name a few. With a number of museums too, historians will love Virginia.

Those with a penchant for the outdoors love the activity on offer in Virginia. There are loads of hiking opportunities as well as a beautiful shoreline to occupy visitors during the summer months.

The state capital, Richmond, provides wonderful shopping opportunities as well as some great restaurants offering local produce and some award-winning wines to peruse. Whatever visitors' interests, there is something for everyone in Virginia.

Capitol Square

Richmond's Capitol Square is a glorious oasis of old trees and green lawns in the heart of the downtown area, perched…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Nauticus is a valuable attraction for families on holiday in Norfolk. This maritime-themed science centre and museum…

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