Virginia’s rich history and spectacular scenery make it a perfect playground for your holiday. Don’t miss its award-winning wines.
From soaring mountains to beach resorts along the Atlantic coast, Virginia is diverse enough to feed every passion. And with more than 280 winners and 140-plus craft breweries, it has something for every taste.Discover outdoor adventures, mouthwatering restaurants and winding wine trails. And did we mention Virginia was home to historical figures like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson? This land also saw several hard-fought battles during the Civil War, marked today by historic sites and trails; six National Parks reflect on these events.Colonial Williamsburg brings 18th-century heritage to life through historical re-enactments, tours and museum collections. Nearby, gain a glimpse into America’s origins at the first permanent English colony — Jamestown — and Yorktown, where the American Revolution was won.Getting AroundGet a feel for Virginia by viewing the map below, and explore a map of the state here.A widespread Amtrak network means you can reach cities like Lynchburg, Norfolk and Fredericksburg with relative ease.Get out and explore Virginia’s 37 state parks, hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails, and winding rivers and tributaries. Shenandoah National Park, near Luray in the Blue Ridge Mountains, is a recreational gem covering 200,000 acres of protected lands.Annual EventsDespite its name, the Virginia International Tattoo in Norfolk doesn’t involve getting any ink. It’s a massive showcase of marching bands, drill teams, dancers, choirs and bagpipers over four days of performances in April. Also in spring, the longstanding Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival marks its storied history (90 years and counting) when over 250,000 attendees descend on Winchester for nine days of revelry.What’s New in VirginiaThe Oyster Capital of the East Coast, Virginia recently launched an oyster trail, connecting travellers to Virginia oyster purveyors, raw bars, restaurants and the waterman culture throughout the region.To explore the rest of the Capital Region, visit our Washington, DC and Maryland pages.