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Reasons I Love Virginia

Updated on May 21, 2012
Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
Peaks of Otter
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Virginia Beach
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There are many reasons I love my home state of Virginia. Considered the south, (but if you ever visit northern Virginia it certainly doesn't feel southern), Virginia is a mid-atlantic state with plenty to offer.

The different parts of the state can feel worlds apart at times. From the Chesapeake Bay to the Cumberland mountains, the hot summers to the winter snowfall, there's something for everyone here.

Being in Central Virginia, nothing's too far away. We can go off to the beach for a weekend, or go camping in the mountains. From North to South, East to West it's not hard to find an adventure.

Reasons I love Virginia

The Seasons- All four of them, usually right on time, one season will end just as you’re ready for the next. Fall in Virginia is beautiful, with the leaves changing and many festivals to accompany the crisp cool air. Spring is equally impressive with an abundance of blooms and smells. Summers can be hot, but that's what the beach is for. Winters are always the wildcard, one year mild, the next with blizzards and snowfall up until March. All in all Virginians enjoy nice variety of seasons.

The Mountains – The Blue Ridge Mountains offer many peaks and valleys with spectacular views. Not the tallest mountains by any means, the scenery is breathtaking nonetheless. The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most scenic drives in America. There is the Appalachian Trail which stretches from Georgia to Maine, and the Shenandoah National Park with its many lodgings and campgrounds.

The Ocean- The Atlantic ocean is never far away. The tidewater area of Virginia has many tourist attractions and is a great place to visit anytime of year. The most popular attraction is Virginia Beach, loaded with hotels and restaurants along the boardwalk, this is easily the biggest draw for families. There is also Sandbridge beach, Colonial Beach or Buckroe Beach to name a few.

The History- If you like American history, it doesn't get much more historic than Virginia. Jamestown, Yorktown and Colonial Williamsburg are favorites. Or visit Mount Vernon, George Washington's home. Virginia is known as the mother of presidents, there is also Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, and James Madison's Montpelier. Also rich in Civil War history, there are many battlefields and the Appomattox Courthouse where Lee surrendered to Grant to end the war.

The Future - With many great colleges, Virginia is a great place to get an education. Starting with The University of Virginia, founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, UVa is ranked as one of the best public universities in the country. There is also Virginia Tech, known for its strong engineering program. In Williamsburg, The College of William & Mary is the second oldest college after Harvard. Alumni include: Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and John Tyler as well as 4 supreme court justices and 16 signers of The Declaration of Independence.

Thanks for reading my reasons for loving Virginia, there are many more reasons and attractions I've left off this list. If you're ever passing through make sure to take advantage of the historical sights listed and I'm sure you will find some reasons of your own.


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      Meade 5 years ago

      Nice article, but Virginia is not a Mid-Atlantic state it is a Southern state. And Northern Virginia is very Southern once you're outside of the immediate DC Metro area. By that token, Atlanta is not very Southern either.

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      Melvin Porter 6 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Weestro, this is a very good hub on Virginia. I am originally from Virginia and I am from the Richmond area there. You are right, if you in the central Virginia area every spot in Virginia is within less than a day's drive. Voted up.