The Best Vacation Spots in Virginia
Virginia has something for every vacationer. There are the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah Valley for camping and hiking. Enjoy a relaxing beach
vacation at Virginia Beach. History buffs will love Colonial Williamsburg with the rich attractions and proximity to Jamestown. Busch Gardens has just the right amount of adventure and beauty with its European themed park and plenty of fun-filled rides and attractions. So whether you love the mountains or the beach or just seeing the sites, Virginia has plenty of vacation spots. Here are some of the best.
Williamsburg, Va., is about 40 miles east of Richmond. This historic area is the home to Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg and also Busch Gardens Williamsburg. History buffs will love visiting Colonial Williamsburg. Enter the homes and buildings of days gone by and watch as blacksmiths, saddlers and other tradesmen work on their wares. Visit the governor's mansion and other historic sites. Walk through the beautiful gardens and visit the shops and restaurants in Market Square.
Busch Gardens, Williamsburg is a main attraction in Virginia. This amusement park has a European theme and a variety of rides, attractions and shows that children of all ages will enjoy. Busch Gardens Water Park is nearby. Cruise down Hubba Hubba Highway river ride and check out the big water slides on Rock n Roll Island.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
One Busch Gardens Blvd.
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8785
Virginia Beach is a wonderful vacation spot. Walk along the beautiful beaches or visit the boardwalk with an amusement area, restaurants and shops. Many hotels line the beach that allow for breathtaking views of the water. Rent bikes for a ride along the boardwalk or jet-skis for a thrilling day on the water.
Besides the beach, Virginia Beach has plenty of attractions. Visit the Aquarium and Marine Science Center and see the harbor seals, the sand tiger sharks and the popular cownose stingrays.
Charlottesville, Va., is the home of the University of Virginia. Situated about 60 miles west of Richmond, Charlottesville is a lovely vacation spot. Visit the downtown pedestrian mall filled with shops, boutiques, unique restaurants and coffee shops. Monticello, home of President Thomas Jefferson sits outside of Charlottesville atop Afton Mountain. Tours of this historic home are available daily. While you're visiting Monticello, check out Carter's Mountain with some spectacular views as far as the eye can see and pick your own in season fruit.
Charlottesville is close to the Blue Ridge Mountains too. You can travel to Wintergreen resort from Charlottesville in under an hour. Wintergreen is a great place for skiing in the winter, hiking, swimming and nature trails in the summer.
931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway,
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Based in Richmond, Va., Susan Ayers is an instructional designer with a not-for-profit law enforcement training organization. She previously developed Web-based training for Circuit City. Ayers graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in English from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1995 and is pursuing a master's degree in education from St. Joseph's College.