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Hampton Roads

The Coastal Virginia - Hampton Roads Region This region continues to draw visitors year after year. There's so much to see and do year 'round that you'll definitely be glad you came. The Historic Triangle Visit  Historic Jamestown, the Birthplace of English-speaking America, as well as  Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center in Williamsburg. Nearby attractions include: James River Plantations Colonial National Historical Park Colonial Williamsburg, the nation's largest living history museum, is actually a functional colonial town itself, and one of the most popular destinations in the world! Families, be sure to visit  Busch Gardens  theme park, voted t... Read more

Southern Virginia

Southern Virginia Region Once the heart of Virginia's rich tobacco growing region, the rhythms of life rose and fell here with tobacco fortunes. As you travel through, you'll pass through eight counties dotted with lively American Main Street communities, rich in Revolutionary, Civil War and Civil Rights heritage. Stunning scenic byways and classic country roads will lead you through beautiful State Parks and attractions. When you’re are ready for a little speed, Southern Virginia's raceways and motor sports will keep your heart racing - and returning - for the charm, beauty and truly genuine experience Southern Virginia offers. There's no wonder southern Virginia is calle... Read more

Blue Ridge Highlands

The Blue Ridge Highlands Region As the Birthplace of Country Music, this area invites you to travel The Crooked Road on a musical journey. Here you find year round Fiddling Conventions, such as the granddaddy of 'em all - Galax and the Floyd Country Store and Bluegrass Festivals. "America's Most Scenic Drive," the Blue Ridge Parkway, runs through this region of Virginia. Explore the abundant outdoor recreation opportunities, the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, and plenty of places to see wildlife... Clinch Mountain Wildlife Management Area Crooked Creek Wildlife Management Area State Parks in the Blue Ridge Highlands Abingdon is known around the world for Barter ... Read more

Eastern Shore

The Eastern Shore Region History and natural beauty combine to make Virginia’s Eastern Shore a special destination. The Eastern Shore region is accessible via the 17.5-mile Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel from the south and Highway 13 from the north. The Shore stretches 70 miles and is situated between the magnificent Chesapeake Bay and mighty Atlantic Ocean. Step back to a time of old railroad towns and intimate fishing villages. Listen for the unique old-world accents spoken here, especially by Tangier Island residents! Shop at a roadside produce stands and antique stores and learn how to crab from a pier. And there’s tons of charter fishing so you can snag the “big one... Read more

Chesapeake Bay

Chesapeake Bay Virginia's Chesapeake Bay region features George Washington's birthplace, the estate of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, Stratford Hall, as well as the lands of the Pamunkey and Mattaponi Native Americans. See rural and waterfront cottages, quaint villages and expansive farmlands all along the Bay. Ways to enjoy the Chesapeake Bay and all it has to offer include Westmoreland State Park with its beach, Caledon State Park with its trails to the Potomac River, and charter boats, which show off the charm of this region. Westmoreland State Park is on the Potomac River's Northern Neck, this park offers many opportunities for family fun. It's listed on the Nat... Read more

Central Virginia

The Central Virginia Region History and natural beauty abound in Central Virginia. Settlers arrived in Central Virginia as early as 1617. Today's living history interpreters love sharing those stories at Henricus Historical Park - where Pocahontas grew up, and Wilton House Museum - Richmond's own Georgian plantation. Richmond's Jackson Ward neighborhood is considered "The Birthplace of Black Capitalism." Don't miss sites honoring African Americans who helped shape the nation as we know it today: Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, Black History Museum & Cultural Center, and the L. Douglas Wilder Library at Virginia Union University. Take the Civil War Trails that f... Read more

Northern Virginia

The Northern Virginia Region Northern Virginia is next door to our nation's capital - Washington, D.C. - yet has kept its own character reminiscent of colonial times, rambling plantations, equestrian farms and cobblestoned streets leading to quaint taverns, chic shops and historical gems. Fairfax County is a treasure trove of unique historic sites, museums, performance venues, and natural wonders. Visit and discover national treasures such as George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, the Workhouse Arts Center, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, and Great Falls National Park. M... Read more

Shenandoah Valley

The Shenandoah Region The beautiful Shenandoah Valley stretches 200 miles across the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains. It's been nicknamed "The Big Valley" and immortalized in song, dance, film and television. The  history and heritage  of the region includes many sites devoted to the pioneers who traveled westward, settled and farmed - those like the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton and Cyrus McCormick's Farm in Raphine. McCormick invented the first mechanical reaper and the company he started later became International Harvest. During the Civil War this region was nicknamed "The Breadbasket of the Confederacy." In Lexington, visit  Virginia Military Institute  and... Read more

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