Exploring Virginia

If you love history, architecture, seafood, or the great outdoors, Virginia is the place for you. Known for its beautiful beaches, historic sites, as well as their state and national parks, Virginia won't leave you or your family disappointed. With activities and destinations for the whole family, you might rethink the plans for your next vacation and put Virginia at the top of your list instead.

While in Richmond

If you're traveling to Virginia, there's a good chance that you'll fly into Richmond, a city you won't want to miss. Remember John Patrick Henry's famous "Give me liberty or give me death!" line that inspired the revolution? Well, how would you like to visit the place where those legendary words were uttered, and sit in the pews where they were heard by both Thomas Jefferson and Richard Lee? If this sounds like your cup of tea, visiting St. John's Church, located in the heart of the city, is an absolute must-see. You can walk there from downtown, and if you build up an appetite along the way, you should indulge in the Real Richmond Food Tour. You'll be tempted with everything from coffee to catfish nuggets, collared greens to cheesecake. The tour also takes you through some of the once-forgotten neighborhoods, the former homes of immigrants and minorities.

Richmond also has a "Monument Avenue" where you can view mansions, statues, and other monuments from the past; a shopping district perfect for browsing and buying; a historic state Capitol renowned for its beauty and uniqueness; and kayaking and white-water rafting tours.

Fleeing the City

While Richmond is gorgeous and exciting, the hustle and bustle of the city can sometimes get a little chaotic. Once you've had your fill of all that energy, why not venture outside of Richmond and head for Virginia Beach? With a boardwalk, plenty of restaurants and bars, golf courses, and, of course, the Atlantic Ocean lapping at its coastline, Virginia Beach is one of the best destinations for relaxing.

If you enjoy sightseeing, then you might like taking a trip to Norfolk, especially if you're a history buff. Home to the oldest naval port in the U.S., Norfolk is a town where you can tour the harbor on a Mississippi River boat, visit the botanical gardens, attend one of the many festivals that takes place, get lost in a museum, or simply have a glass of wine and a fine seafood dinner.

Know Before You Go

Virginia is known for it's hot, humid summers, and cold, icy winters. If you're planning a trip there, make sure you double check that any activities you want to do are in operation for the days you plan on being there. Keep in mind that autumn in Virginia is exceptionally beautiful, and if you're lucky, the weather is often nice enough to enjoy the outdoors during that time of year. If money is tight, there are many free things to do in Virginia, including Capitol tours, canal walks, museum and cemetery visits, and many hiking trails worth exploring.

This article was written Oscar Howard, world traveler.  Oscar loves to write about places he’s been.  If you are looking to settle down in Virginia, contact Northern VA Realtors to find the home of your dreams, in this fantastic state.