Spotlight on: Virginia, a state for lovers of great holidays

Stretching from the Chesapeake Bay to the Appalachian Mountains, Virginia sits on the east coast of the United States, just across the river from Washington, D.C. and a few hours by train from NYC. Known for fantastic food, delicious wine, rich history, and splendid natural landscapes, it's no surprise that Virginia is for lovers of a great holiday. Keen to know more? Come with us..

Stretching from the Chesapeake Bay to the Appalachian Mountains, Virginia sits on the east coast of the United States, just across the river from Washington, D.C. and a few hours by train from NYC. Known for fantastic food, delicious wine, rich history, and splendid natural landscapes, it’s no surprise that Virginia is for lovers of a great holiday. Keen to know more? Come with us..

Virginia is known as “the birthplace of America”, which is a pretty big title to live up to, isn’t it? But, do you know what? Virginia does it, very well.

This is a state rich in history, cultural icons and natural wonders. Within easy access from NYC via Amtrak, Virginia boasts a plethora of stunning mountains, caves, and beaches.  It’s also the home of the first permanent English settlement in the new world at Jamestown; the very first U.S. president, George Washington (along with eight other former U.S. presidents!); the Pentagon, and Arlington National Cemetery – not to mention the place to be if you’re a fan of country music. (It’s its birthplace of that too, after all.)

George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Virginia Tourism Corporation

Oh, and the fun doesn’t stop there. This gateway to the South is a gastronome’s dream; tempting visitors with BBQ, world-class seafood, wine, craft beer and distilleries.

Pleasure House Oysters, Lynnhaven
Pleasure House Oysters, Lynnhaven. Image credit: 2014 Peter Frank Edwards

Nature lovers, rejoice! Because Virginia also has an abundance of wilderness, national parks and trails for you to enjoy and explore.

Dragon's Tooth, Appalachian Trail overlooking Roanoke Valley. Image credit: ©Joseph Mesite
Dragon’s Tooth, Appalachian Trail overlooking Roanoke Valley. Image credit: ©Joseph Mesite

Welcome to Virginia

If you’re ready to start planning your post-pandemic U.S. trip of a lifetime, Virginia should most definitely make it to the final itinerary.

Why? Because Virginia is for lovers.

Lovers of the most epic U.S. trips going!

Meandering 750 kilometres from Shenandoah National Park in the northern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina, the Parkway follows the Appalachian Mountains and boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.  Virginia Tourism Corporation, www.Virginia.org
The Blue Ridge Parkway follows the Appalachian Mountains and boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, Virginia Tourism Corporation

If being at one with nature is your love language, you’ll be pleased to know that Virginia is home to over 60 national and state parks, as well as 875 kilometres of the Appalachian Trail, the longest hiking-only footpath in the world, which stretches from Maine to Georgia.

That’s more kilometres of the world-famous trail than any other state. So whether you want to hike through a small section of untamed wilderness or conquer the entire path, you’ll be able to map your own journey and discover the endless beauty Virginia showcases.

Have you ever gazed up at the stars and wondered if anything was gazing back at you?  With more official International Dark Sky Parks than any other U.S. East Coast destination, Virginia makes it easy to witness the magic of the Cosmos.

Did someone say “happy hour”? Probably, as this state is home to over 300 wineries and almost the same amount of craft breweries.

Not to mention, its buzzing nightlife and thriving country music scene.

Bristol Birthplace of Country Music Mural, Virginia Tourism Corporation, www.Virginia.org
Bristol Birthplace of Country Music Mural, Virginia Tourism Corporation

Whatever lights you up, Virginia will have you feeling the WanderLove.

The top 5 must-do’s in Virginia

The Inn at Little Washington offers accommodations as well as fine dining featuring Patrick O'Connell's inspired American cuisine. Image credit: www.Virginia.org, Virginia Tourism Corporation
The Inn at Little Washington offers accommodations as well as fine dining, Virginia Tourism Corporation
  • Dine at The Inn at Little Washington – This Michelin 3-star gem is rated #1 in the USA & 12th in the world by Trip Advisor readers.
  • Cruise down Skyline Drive, a National Scenic Byway that runs 170kms through Shenandoah National Park along the crest of the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains.
Big Meadows is a recreational area of Shenandoah National Park located on the Skyline Drive. A select number of days each year are designated "Night Skies" evenings in Big Meadows where visitors can join amateur astronomers as they give presentations on controlling light pollution as you gaze at the stars through telescopes.  Virginia Tourism Corporation, www.Virginia.org
Big Meadows, Shenandoah National Park, located on the Skyline Drive, Virginia Tourism Corporation

Get inspired

A trip to Virginia is about doing the things you love with the people you love most – and making memories that will last a lifetime.

And, although right now, this might seem like a distant dream, travel WILL reopen soon and you WILL be exploring the wonders of this state sooner than you think.

Whether frolicking on scenic beaches or taking in the mountain views, the time to disconnect from your screen and reconnect with each other is just on the horizon.

Are you feeling the love yet?

Find your WanderLove road trip in Virginia

Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area explores dozens of original buildings, homes, and shops reconstructed on 301 acres - most on their original foundations. Rare animal breeds, historic trades, reenactors, and lovingly restored gardens add layers of authenticity to the Colonial Williamsburg experience. Virginia Tourism Corporation, www.Virginia.org
Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area, Virginia Tourism Corporation

Whether you would like to experience the beauty of national parks and 400 years of history along Virginia’s many National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads, or take a relaxing route along winding back roads stopping in quaint towns and villages, you’re sure to find that the best part of a road trip isn’t the destination, but the adventures you have along the way.

From foodie trips to boozy trips, history trips to music and nature trips, Virginia offers a huge variety of road trips to make your heart sing.

So crank up the music, go your own way and feel free to get blissfully lost.

Take the tunes with you

Get ready to feel the love in Virginia. This playlist of Virginia artists boasts a whole lotta tunes that will have you feeling high on the good stuff (love, travel and good music, of course), while enjoying the incredible scenery this state has to offer.

From Pharrell Williams, Jason Mraz and Foo Fighters to Morgan Wade and The Shack Band, these songs will have you feeling ‘Happy’ to be ‘Wild Wild Young Men’ who, after being stuck in lockdown with ‘Cabin Fever’, live a ‘Life Less Ordinary’ as you ‘Wake Up’ and ‘Run to the Sun’.

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The Virginia Beach Boardwalk offers ocean front views along with monuments, museums, shops, and dining. Virginia Tourism Corporation, www.Virginia.org
The Virginia Beach Boardwalk, Virginia Tourism Corporation

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Finally, it lets you share & collaborate with your fellow road trippers and is easy to add or revise points of interest as you go.

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