Virginia is an American state, which has the best of both worlds. It borders the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Appalachian Mountains to the west. It is the oldest of the 13 original colonies in the United States, which means it is full of history. Fortunately, no matter what kind of vacation you want — adventure, relaxing, or sightseeing — Virginia has you covered. Perhaps one of these five cities could be your destination?
Richmond photo by Brian Beard via Trover.com.
As one of America’s oldest cities, Richmond has a lot of historical significance. The city’s downtown area is full of excellent dining options, and boutique shops. To stay close to the action, choose Omni Richmond Hotel. Otherwise, for a more historical accommodation experience, there are plenty of B&Bs in Richmond. The Museum District B&B was built in 1922; William Catlin House is steps from the James River and Edgar Allan Poe Museum; and the West Bocock House is two blocks from Monroe Park.
Sterling is actually just over the Potomac River from Washington D.C. It is also very close to Dulles International Airport, so it is in a perfect location for travellers. While in town, definitely visit Claude Moore Park, Algonkian Regional Park, Volcano Island Waterpark, and the Heritage Farm Museum. Hyatt House is right next to the airport, and guests will love their free airport shuttle service.
Just over the water from Norfolk, Newport News is a town full of excellent eateries, and superb shopping outlets. In summer, Newport News comes alive with fresh seafood aplenty, outdoor markets, concerts, and water sport options. Kiln Creek Golf Club & Resort is a smaller hotel with only 14 rooms, but it is big on amenities. Guests will enjoy the golf course access, onsite restaurant, free Wi-Fi, outdoor pool, and fitness centre.
Virginia Beach photo by BK via Trover.com
For your next summer holiday, check out Virginia Beach. With 30 miles of beautiful beach to enjoy, it will be hard to tear yourself away from the beachfront, and its accompanying boardwalk. But if you can, then definitely check out Virginia Beach’s aquarium, amusement park, and get your photo with Neptune at Neptune Park. There are an abundance of hotels to choose from. Surfside Oceanfront Inn & Suites is a top-rated option, as every room has a private balcony with ocean views.
As it is in a very central coastal position, Norfolk is a great place to base yourself in Virginia. Some of the activities you can enjoy when in the city include sailing down the Elizabeth River, visiting Mermaid Winery (Virginia’s first urban winery), or touring the world’s largest naval base. There is both a Hampton Inn and Quality Inn hotel located near the naval base. Alternatively, Tazewell Hotel & Suites is found in Norfolk’s downtown area, and it has two onsite restaurants.
Virginia is a state packed full of adventures, from the coast to the mountains. Which destination will you choose for your next Virginian escape?
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