Must-Visit Virginia Attractions
Virginia is often referred to as the birthplace of a nation due to the fact that it was home to the first British settlement in Jamestown. As well as being historically important to the United States, it is also one of the most beautiful, fun-filled and exciting places to visit due to the many excellent sights and attractions you can find there.
If you’re planning to visit Virginia any time in the future (and you really should) here are just some of the things you simply must visit to get the full Virginia experience:
Shenandoah National Park
Without a doubt, this is one of the most breathtaking national parks in the whole of the United States (and there are plenty of them). If you can, I would recommend visiting in the spring and summer months when the wildflowers are in full bloom and absolutely to die for, however, fall when the leaves are beautifully brown, orange, red and everywhere is almost as spectacular too!
You simply cannot travel to Virginia without seeing Mount Vernon, so it’s not at all surprising that it is actually one of the most visited historic sites in the United States. The home of George and Martha Washington, it’s a very poignant place, which you can see in one of the many regular guided tours that are available. While you’re there, stay at the Pleasant Ridge Bed & Breakfast for some real Virginian hospitality and some of the best breakfast in the state. Oh and be sure to pick up a George Washington themed souvenir or two!
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond
With over 50 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens brimming with rare blooms and native species, as well as a classical domed observatory and several fantastic places to eat, if you’re looking for a classy place to visit, you’ll be blown away by the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, and the Richmond Marriott Short Pump, which is a lovely place to lay your head. Be sure to check out as many of the different themed gardens as you can for the most brilliant experience.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond
If you’re into high culture and fine art, then the city of Richmond, Virginia is the place to be and when you’re there, you are not going to want to miss out on the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, which is home to an eclectic collection of high-end art from all over the world. Whether you’re into Art Nouveau or a lover of Art Deco, you will find something to inflame your passions here.
Historic Jamestowne, Jamestown
Jamestown, as I mentioned earlier, is where the British settlers first laid down roots in America. When you visit the area, you are able to get some idea of what the town would have been like back in 1607, when it was Jamestowne. It’s totally fascinating.
When it comes to Virginia, this is really just scratching the surface of what you can do and see – there is so much variety there – but visit any one of these attractions and I can guarantee you will not leave disappointed. Have fun!