Virginia is a very historic state, with the first permanent colony being settled there in 1607 at Jamestown. It was one of the original 13 colonies and was also one of the charter members of The Confederacy. It is also the birthplace of eight American presidents. Its state is shaped by the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and the tranquil and old Chesapeake Bay. Its capital is Richmond and its most populous city is Virginia Beach
There are numerous sites to see in connection with its history. The famous Historic Triangle of Jamestown, Yorktown and the living history village of Williamsburg is one of its most popular. Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson and Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, home to George Washington, are other major historic sites to see. The Museum and White House of the Confederacy in Richmond is another. And Arlington Cemetery continues to be a powerful draw to all visitors.
Busch Gardens in Williamsburg is a great amusement park for the whole family as is Water Country USA. And Captain Barry’s Back Bay Cruises in Chincoteaque Island, home of the famous ponies and pony swim festival at the end of July, are very unique. On the tamer side, there is the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum in Williamsburg, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond and the Carlyle House museum in Alexandria.
Culture and the performing arts are big in Virginia, too, with Wolf Trapp National Park for the Performing Arts, intended for the performing arts and home to the Wolf Trapp Opera. Norfolk is the official home of the Virginia Opera and the American Shakespeare Center is located in Staunton, to name but a few cultural gems.
Some festivals to enjoy are the Virginia State Fair in Richmond in September, the Neptune Festival in Virginia Beach and Norfolk’s Harborfest in June, as well as the pony festival mentioned earlier in Chincoteaque at the end of July.
The beautiful Shenandoah National Park also offers endless opportunities for outdoor enjoyment, including the Skyline Drive. There are other parks under the National Park Service as well, such as the Great Falls Park and Prince William Forest Park. Many beautiful state parks are prevalent too to enjoy and, though not a park, the beautiful and protected Chesapeake Bay is not to be missed.