Virginia is said to be for lovers, and it is easy to fall in love with the state of Virginia. One of the original 13 American colonies, this state is steeped in history. It is home to historic Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg, and Richmond was the capitol of the Confederacy back during the Civil War that tore the Union in half. However, don’t assume that Virginia is just a place to check off historical highlights on vacation though. There’s plenty of contemporary things to do.
Charlottesville is a college town, home to the University of Virginia and its Atlantic Coast Conference sports action. Across the mountains, Bristol sits partly in Virginia and partly in Tennessee, making for an interesting mix of two economies and sets of laws while being close to mountain scenery and adventures.
Richmond is the capitol and largest individual city, sitting just an hour and a half south of the nation’s capitol. It also starts a chain of economically interconnected cities that runs through D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston, so this is a place for professional and commercial opportunities.
The Tidewater area is made up of some cities, including but not limited to Norfolk, Suffolk, Hampton Roads, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach. As a metropolitan area, it is the largest population center within the state of Virginia, as well as the largest metro area within the United States yet to have a major league sports franchise. This area is also home to some of the largest naval installations in the world, as the U.S. Navy has many ships to call this port home.
Between the Tidewater and Richmond, you can find the world-famous Busch Gardens amusement park. Open every summer; there are also festivities for Halloween thrills and Christmas shows and decorations.
Nature lovers are sure to find Virginia a great place to visit if the cities aren’t enough. Enjoy the sun and sand of Virginia Beach, or camp under the stars of the rolling hills of the central Piedmont region, where fields of cotton and tobacco still dot the landscape. Head into the Blue Ridge Mountains for hiking, or drive the Shenandoah Skyline before it connects to the upper end of the Blue Ridge Parkway. See the natural arch of Natural Bridge or visit the caverns nearby. For an esoteric afternoon, visit Foamhenge while there.