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Top Ten Destination Spots in Virginia

Updated on October 15, 2015

10. Golf Courses

Grab your golf clubs and get ready to tee off at one of Virginia beautiful golf resorts.

Virginia has it fair share of golf courses and is a big attraction for golf lovers. It is home to some well-known golf courses and a must if you are a golfer.

A few golf courses in Virginia are; The Homestead located in Hot Springs, The Golden Horseshoe in Williamsburg and Bay Creek in Cape Charles.

Virginia houses private golf courses along with public ones.

The Homestead Golf Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia

9. Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach is full of vendors along the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean which offer all kinds of things such as food and shopping and even rentals for umbrellas, boogie boards along with other things.

The Ocean Breeze Water Park and Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center are located on Virginia Beach and a popular attraction for both tourists and locals.

There are trails in the area of First Landing State Park which is great area to hike or bike.

There are bikes available for rent as well.

While in the area, it is worth it to go to False Cape State Park and the Backbay National Wildlife Refuge.

A grey fox at the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

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Virginia Beach Waterfront

Virginia Beach Waterfront
Virginia Beach Waterfront | Source

8. Canal Walk

Canal Walk is located in Richmond, Virginia and offers 1.25 miles of views of the banks of the James River, the Kahawah Canal and the Haxall Canal.

This walk offers exhibits and monuments that represent four centuries of the abundant history in the area.

On this walk you will get the opportunity to see historic buildings as well as the many plaques a lot the canal that represents different points in history as well as the services that the canal provided.

During the summertime there are boat rides available along the canal.

Between the nice bridges and the lighting; there is nothing better than to get out and go for a nice refreshing walk and there is no other place to experience this then Canal Walk.

Boat Rides

Canal Walk

Canal Walk
Canal Walk | Source

7. Civil War National Battlefield Parks

Virginia houses many museums that represent many national battlefield parks.

Manassas National Battlefield, which is close to Washington DC, was the spot of two battles in the Civil War.

Three battles were at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.

The seven days war was fought in Virginia at the Richmond National Battlefield Park.

Gaines Mill and the Cold Harbor Bloody Battlefield are also located in Virginia.

Petersburg National Battlefield is home to a siege that lasted nearly 10 months and also was headquarters to Ulysses S Grant.

The Appomattox Courthouse and National Historic Park is the location where Lee surrendered to grant. The surrender was negotiated in the McClean House.

Richmond National Battlefield Park

Richmond National Battlefield Park, Malvern Cannons
Richmond National Battlefield Park, Malvern Cannons | Source

6. Capital Square

Capital Square isn't just the home of the Governor’s Mansion; it also houses the grounds that hold man statues such as; Stonewall Jackson, Gov. William Smith, Dr. Hunter Holmes Maguire and Edgar Allan Poe.

These Statues started being built after the George Washington Equestrian Monument was erected in 1858.

The Historic Bell Tower is also located in Capital Square and was used as a guard house and the bell was used as a warning for fires and other things.

It was built in 1824 but is now used as a museum.

The Colgate Darden Memorial Garden is also located at Capital Square.

The George Washington Equestrian Monument

The George Washington Equestrian Monument
The George Washington Equestrian Monument | Source

5. Arlington

Arlington is home to the Arlington National Cemetery which is the resting place for over 400,000 servicemen.

With the precision of the changing of the guard, it has become a popular attraction at Arlington National Cemetery.

Also located in Arlington Virginia is the Arlington House which was home to General Lee.

The Mount Vernon trail offers views of the Potomac River, Washington DC landmarks and is great place to bike, walk or run.

The Iwo Jima Memorial is a must see. This memorial stands 32 feet high and is recognizable to many.

The changing of the guard at Arlington National Cemetery

The Changing of the Guard at Arlington National Cemetery
The Changing of the Guard at Arlington National Cemetery | Source

4. The Museum of the Confederacy

The Museum of the Confederacy is located in Richmond Virginia and full of Civil War history.

This museum is abundant with artifacts, personal belongings, uniforms, weapons & equipment from battles.

There are also documents that date back to the Civil War which include; General Lees campaign possessions.

There is also art work.

The Museum of the Confederacy

Museum of the Confederacy in Virginia
Museum of the Confederacy in Virginia | Source

3. Richmond

Richmond is the state capital and not part of a county. It is an independent city.

Richmond has more Civil War sites than anywhere in the nation and one of them to see is the Battery Dantzler Battlefield.

Also not too far from Richmond is the Appomattox River Conservation Area which is full of nature and offers a trail and boardwalk to view the beautiful swamp lands and woodlands.

There is also a canoe launch at the Appomattox River Conservation Area.

Another historical landmark in Richmond is the Richmond Slave Trail which takes you back in time.

Richmond Virginia

Richmond, Virginia
Richmond, Virginia | Source

2. Chesapeake Bay

Chesapeake Bay is full of history which includes; the birthplace of George Washington and Robert E Lee, and home to two native american tribes.

Stratford Hall was a plantation occupied by Robert E Lee.

This 1730's historic hall was a plantation and overlooks the Potomac River. The plantation offers trails and formal gardens.

Chesapeake Bay is also home to the Westmoreland State Park. This gorgeous park located on the north neck of the Potomac hosts many events for adults, kids and whole families.

Boating is a popular water sport in the area and offers campsites and cabins to stay at while you are visiting.

Many bird watchers choose Westmoreland State Park to bird watch and paleontologists or fossil collectors search the area for fossilized shark teeth as well.

Another state park located on Chesapeake Bay is the Caledone State Park. This beautiful park is a national natural landmark and is another area where bird watchers go and watch for bald eagles since that's what the park is famous for.

There are also trails to walk on and these trails are open all year round.

The 1803 Old Point Comfort Lighthouse is a popular landmark in the area and is a popular attraction.

The lighthouse was seized during the war of 1812 by the British.

This lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse located in Chesapeake Bay still in use today.

Don't forget to stay at one of the many bed and breakfasts located at Chesapeake Bay.

1. Cape Henry Lighthouses

There are two Cape Henry light houses.

Built from the same stone as the white house, the original lighthouse has been at Chesapeake Bay since 1792 and was damaged during the American Civil War by confederate soldiers.

After being repaired by the union, it was decided that the old lighthouse was in bad condition and there were concerns about the safety of the light house.

Because of this, a new lighthouse was built in 1881.

Close by is the Cape Henry Memorial which honors the colonist from the first landing who settled the area.

There is a stone cross that marks the first landing on April, 26 1607.

If you love historical landmarks the way I love historical landmarks, these lighthouses are a must see.

Old Point Comfort Lighthouse

Old Point Comfort Lighthouse
Old Point Comfort Lighthouse | Source

Cape Henry Lighthouses

Cape Henry Lighthouses
Cape Henry Lighthouses | Source

A road map to help you get around Virginia

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A markerVirginia Beach -
Virginia Beach, VA, USA
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B markerCanal Walk -
Canal Walk, Richmond, VA 23219, USA
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C markerRichmond National Battlefield Park -
Richmond National Battlefield, 3215 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23223, USA
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D markerArlington -
Arlington, VA, USA
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E markerMuseum of the Confederacy -
Museum of the Confederacy, Virginia Commonwealth University, MCV Campus Virginia Commonwealth Univer
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F markerRichmond -
Richmond, VA, USA
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G markerChesapeake Bay -
Chesapeake Bay, United States
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H markerCape Henry Lighthouse -
Cape Henry Lighthouse, 583 Atlantic Avenue, Fort Story, VA 23451, USA
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    • jabelufiroz profile image

      Firoz 4 years ago from India

      Well written hub on Destination Spots in Virginia. Voted up.

    • Tom London profile image

      Tom London 4 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      I loved Virginia's canal walk a few years back; wasn't impressed at all with number #1 and #2 though.

      Thanks, it's a great list!