Virginia’s outdoor recreation options range widely from beaches to mountains and everything in between. The Spearhead Trails in Southwest Virginia, for example, welcome ATVs, mountain bikes and hikers to explore hundreds of miles of connecting trails through the mountainous terrain. The trail system currently has five separate trails of varying difficulty for riders of every experience level. The development of the trails has transformed the economy in Southwest Virginia by not only helping the surrounding communities to develop and thrive but also improving the overall quality of life for the traveler.
Scenic roadways like the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive show off the state’s stunning natural beauty in Virginia’s mountains. Travelers can also immerse themselves in the history of Virginia by visiting any of the hundreds of historic sites across the state that date back to the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown and cover every important period of American history. That includes places like Colonial Williamsburg, Civil War battlefields and the Birthplace of Country Music, located in Bristol on the Virginia/Tennessee line.
As one of the 13 original colonies, travelers can also immerse themselves in the history of Virginia by visiting any of the hundreds of historic sites across the state that dates back to the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown and cover every important period of American history. That includes places like Colonial Williamsburg, Civil War battlefields and the Birthplace of Country Music, located in Bristol on the Virginia/Tennessee line. In Richmond, The Virginia Museum of History and Culture had their grand re-opening in May of 2022 unveiling the results of an 18 month long renovation and expansion. They called it the “the most extensive transformation in our nearly 200-year history.” One feature is Our Commonwealth Hall. This extensive marquee exhibition will provide an in-depth exploration through Virginia and will feature stories and artifacts from partner organizations and cultural institutions throughout the state.
Learn more about history at the home of Thomas Jefferson on an extended weekend getaway In Albemarle County. There are several new restaurants and other attractions opening in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. For instance, located in the Monticello Dairy Building in downtown Charlottesville, Dairy Hall just recently opened it’s doors and is Central Virginia’s first food hall. >MORE
For the beach vacationer, the Eastern Shore is a perfect spot where travelers can enjoy the secluded beaches of Kiptopeke State Park, oyster and wine pairings at many fine restaurants, the unique shops and beautiful bayside community of Cape Charles and wild ponies roaming the natural landscape at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Visit more than 35 art galleries, museums, shops, and restaurants at Virginia Beach. >MORE
Enjoy a basketball game in the new Atlantic Union Bank Center at James Madison University just recently accepted in the Sun Belt Conference. During your stay, visit the newly opened and expanded Mineral Museum with its destination collection featuring some of the finest mineral examples in the world.
Wet your appetite in Loudoun County With more than 40 wineries, 35 craft breweries, distilleries and a slate of world-class “Earth to Table” restaurants, this history-laden county in the lush foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains is fast becoming one of the leading epicurean destinations in the US.
Find Your Way Back to four seasons of outdoor adventure with over a quarter of the County covered in National and State Forest. Climb the Woodstock Tower, and ski the slopes of Bryce Resort. Go underground at Shenandoah Caverns and discover the whimsical parade floats at American Celebration on Parade.
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Downtown Roanoke’s first boutique hotel, The Liberty Trust, opened in May of 2022. Elegantly restored from an early-20th century bank, the hotel features a walk-in vault turned Tasting Room and the building’s original copper doors that were repurposed for the lobby on an episode of DIY Network’s “Salvage Dawgs.”