Virginia is for lovers, and what is there to love? How about four-hundred years of American history, easy access to the nation’s capital, outstanding hiking including more than 1/4 of the Appalachian Trail, and over 7,000 miles of shoreline. From biking to beaches, skiing to sight seeing, you’ll find adventures of every size and description.

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US Dollar

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Summer Winter
Roanoke 89 33
Richmond 89 29
Norfolk 88 34

Best Time to Visit

Spring and fall have the best weather for being outside. It’s hot and muggy in the summer (especially in the east) and can get icy and cold in the winter (especially in the mountains). Washington DC has some significant festivals, such as the Cherry Bloom Festival and 4th of July, which could be reasons to visit or stay away. One more interesting DC phenomenon is the spring school trip season which is definitely a thing. Virginia Beach is relatively far north for a beach destination, so summer is going to be the high season.

Fun Facts

  • Virginia is for lovers, but it’s illegal to tickle a woman or have sex with the lights on
  • Virginia’s counties were originally called ‘shires’
  • Virginia was named after Queen Elizabeth I, the ‘Virgin Queen’
  • Naval Station Norfolk  is the world’s largest naval base
  • The Pentagon is the world’s largest office building with 3x the floorspace of the Empire State Building
  • Jamestown was founded in 1607 as England’s first colony in America
  • More Civil War battles were fought in Virginia than in any other state

Bucket-List Activities

  • Cruise the Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway (Fort Royal to Cumberland Knob)
  • Visit every Smithsonian Museum (DC)
  • Go mountain biking in Roanoke America’s’ East Coast Mountain Biking Capital’ (Roanoke)
  • See the Cherry Blossom Festival (DC)
  • Explore Luray Caverns (Luray)
  • See the wild ponies of Chincoteague (Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge)
  • Raft the James River (Scottsville)

Natural Wonders

  • The Great Dismal Swamp (Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge)
  • The Chesapeake Bay
  • Shenandoah National Park (Shenandoah National Park)
  • Luray Caverns (Luray)
  • The New River
  • Virginia Natural Bridge (Natural Bridge)

Major Attractions

  • Washington DC (DC)
  • Colonial Williamsburg (Williamsburg)
  • Virginia Beach (Virginia Beach)
  • Mount Vernon (Mount Vernon)
  • Monticello (Charlottesville)
  • Arlington National Cemetery (Arlington)
  • Colonial National Historic Park (Yorktown)

Native Foods

  • Country Ham (salt-cured ham)
  • Blue Crab (boiled and served whole)
  • Brunswick Stew (the namesake county is also my familial home)
  • Oysters (Virginia is the ‘Oyster Capital of the East Coast’)
  • BBQ (it’s argued that Virginia BBQ came from the Powhatan technique of slow-cooking foods above smoldering coals)

General Travel Tips

Common Phrases

  • NOVA – NOrthern VirginiA
  • Tidewater – The low-lying plains of southeast Virginia
  • Beltway – The Washington DC outer belt
  • Beltway Bandits – Consultants and Lobbyists who work in DC
  • The (Red/Blue/Orange/Green/Silver/Yellow) Line – The color indicates which DC Metro line it is
  • Arlington / Ronald Regan Washington National Airport (DCA  ✈✈✈✈) – DC’s airport inside the city
  • Dulles / Washington Dulles Airport (IAD  ✈✈✈✈) – DC’s airport outside the city
  • Richmond / Richmond International Airport (RIC ✈✈✈✈) – Virginia’s capital city
  • Norfolk  / Norfolk International Airport (ORF ✈✈✈✈) -Also the gateway to Norfolk and Virginia Beach
  • Charlottesville / Charlottesville/Albemarle Airport (CHO ✈✈) – Home of University of Virginia and Monticello
  • Roanoke / Roanoke Regional Airport (ROA ✈✈) – The Star City in the Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Newport News / Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport (PHF ✈✈) – Gateway to Norfolk and Virginia Beach
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