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Best Places to Visit in Virginia

Updated on March 14, 2013

"Virginia Is For Lovers"

It's fitting that Virginia's state slogan is "Virginia Is For Lovers," because there is something for everyone to love here. Rich in history, culture, arts and entertainment, Virginia has everything you could ask for.

Here are just a few things every tourist should add to their itinerary when coming to visit this great commonwealth.

1. Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

Located on small hilltop near Charlottesville, Virginia, Monticello was the home of Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence. Declared by the United Nations as a World Heritage Site, Monticello holds significant American and world heritage meaning.

The tour of Monticello begins at the visitors center where there are plenty of Jeffereson's personal artifacts, videos and information about his personal life. Take a quick bus ride to the house at the top of the hill and tour the grounds and the former slave quarters on Mulberry Road. Additional tickets can be purchased to tour the inside of the house. All well worth the money.

When you get hungry be sure to stop into the Michie Tavern, a restaurant in business since 1784. Also close by is the Carter Mountain Apple Orchard with great views and nearby vinyards with wineries.

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Monticello | Source
Thomas Jefferson's Grave
Thomas Jefferson's Grave | Source
Carter Mountain Orchard
Carter Mountain Orchard | Source

2. Colonial Williamsburg

Considered by many as one of the most significant historic sites in the United States, Colonial Williamsburg is a treasure trove of history and culture. The area encompasses the historic towns of Jamestown (first settlement), Williamsburg, and Yorktown. Much of the town can be seen free of charge, but if you want to tour the historic buildings you will need a pass that can be purchased at the visitors center.

Colonial Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg

3. Virginia Beach

If you are looking for a great place to relax during the day and party all night, Virginia Beach is the place to be. Considered the party city of Virginia, Virginia Beach has allot to offer. With the beach, boardwalk, night clubs and hotels, there is no shortage of fun and entertainment.

Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach | Source

4. The Museum of the Confederacy

One the first destinations for any Virginian tourist should be The Museum of the Confederacy. With Richmond being the capital city of the Confederate United States many of the battles were fought in and around the city. The Museum did a great job collecting much of those Civil War relics you just can't find anywhere else.

Land Bridge, Virginia
Land Bridge, Virginia

5. Natural Land Bridge

Formed as a partially collapsed limestone cave, the Virginia Natural Bridge is a National Historic Landmark. The bridge is breathtaking to see in person as it stands 215 ft high and 90 ft wide. It was a holy site for the local Monacan Tribes and was thought to be first seen by George Washington when he worked as a surveyor. It was later purchased by Thomas Jefferson who built a small cabin to house dignitaries who came to see the marvels of the New World.

6. Luray Caverns

Located in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, the Luray Caverns are a great place to take the family for a day of adventure. Discovered in 1878, the Luray Cavern is open year round and sees many visitors who marvel at some of the best preserved geological marvels like speleothems, stalactites, stalagmites and flowstone. The cave is internationally known for it's Great Stalacpipe Organ, a natural xylophone that creates unique music when played.

Luray, Virginia has many other attractions to keep the family occupied like the Luray Valley Museum, Car and Carridge Caravan Museum, Garden Maze, and the Luray Singing Tower.

Luray Cavern, Virginia
Luray Cavern, Virginia | Source

7. Henricus Historical Park

Established in 1611, Henricus is the second town established by the Virginia colonists 400 years ago. Excavated and rebuilt for tourists, the Henricus Historical Park is a great destination for history lovers and nature seekers. See how life was like inside the walls of the fortified town and how the local Native Americans lived during those times.

Henricus Historical Park, Virginia
Henricus Historical Park, Virginia


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      Anna 3 years ago

      - I am Suzanne Johnston's sister livnig in San Diego. Suzi forwarded these adorable pictures because they had brightened her day! I borrowed my neighbors 2-yr old daughter to take to our Wild Animal Park today so I understand how magical little girls (and boys) can be. The family is beautiful. Your pictures are wonderful.Thank you for sharing. M

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Hmm. I've worked at one and visited two others. The remaining spots I somehow managed to miss, in spite of living in the state for a while.

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      adumpaul 6 years ago

      Virginia is a nice place.