Settled by the British in 1607, Virginia has been involved in nearly every major milestone in early US history, from the Revolution to the Civil War and beyond. Natives of the Commonwealth State of Virginia on America's east coast are enormously proud of their local history and have put a great deal of effort into preserving their historical landmarks, homes and public buildings. Great deal of Virginia's wilderness areas remain in their untouched pristine condition, making holidays in Virginia perfect for lovers of the outdoors as well as for those, intent on discovering some living history.
Whether you enjoy hiking, mountain biking, climbing, swimming, sailing, rafting or horse riding, you'll be spoilt for choice on your holidays in Virginia. Roanoke is the gateway to the Blue Ridge spectacular mountain range, and a beautiful and lively town to boot. But holidays in Virginia aren't all about old buildings and beautiful countryside. Outside Williamsburg is Busch Gardens - Virginia's largest theme park with some of the most thrilling roller coasters in the world.
There is a monorail to the Anheuser-Busch Factory where you can do a tour and a tasting. Cool down at Water Country USA - the mid-Atlantics largest water park with over 30 rides. Near Richmond is Paramount Kings Dominion, which has 10 roller coasters and there's a huge water park nearby as well. Chantilly is home to Washington Dulles International Airport, which serves Washington, D.C. It is also the location of the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, an annex of the National Air and Space Museum. Shoppers will not be disappointed in Virginia either. Potomac Mills discount mall has over 300 shops, Charlottesville has a Downtown Mall and the City Market, Roanoke, Williamsburg and Richmond all have outlet malls outside town and traditional arts, crafts and antiques shops in the centre.
Perhaps the top destination for holidays in Virginia is the Virginia Coast. Virginia Beach is one of the most popular holiday resorts on the East Coast where thousands of sun lovers flock each spring and summer for a traditional beachfront vacation. Most visitors are drawn to the long boardwalk, lined with numerous hotels and restaurants overlooking the unbroken sand that covers the coastline here. Virginia Beach also has some interesting sightseeing attractions, particularly the Virginia Marine Science Museum, the most popular museum in the state.
This Virginia's popular seaside resort city is steeped in history, so visitors who come simply to enjoy the State's many miles of Atlantic Coast sandy beaches cannot help but absorb some of the region's historic importance along with their suntans. Historic landmarks include the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse and Adam Thoroughgood House. There is also the First Landing Seashore State Park offering nature trails and boating.
Virginia's worth as an enjoyable destination can be proven by the fact that tourism is a main source of state revenue.
Discover for yourself why so many visitors are drawn to Virginia year after year!