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VirginiaUnited States of America

The state’s slogan is “Virginia is for lovers.” In fact, loversand others will enjoy beautiful beaches, forested mountains, bustling citiesand historic sites.

The Commonwealth of Virginia isalive with history, from early settlement through the Revolutionary and CivilWars. The first European settlement in North America was in 1607 at Jamestown.Visit the living history museum of JamestownSettlement to see the re-creation of life 400 years ago. With over amillion artifacts recovered, the site accurately depicts a fort, Indian villageand settlers’ ships.

Virginia was one of the original13 colonies. It became the 10th state of the United States in 1788. Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center celebratesthese days of early U.S. history. Take one of more than 20 self-guided tours tointeract with people in period dress as they conduct daily activities ofblacksmithing, churning butter, rolling hoops and discussing the politics of RevolutionaryWar times.

Richmond has extensivehistory as the Confederate capital during the U.S. War Between the States. Tourthe American Civil War Center atHistoric Tredegar to learn about war and emancipation. Try a Segway guidedtour, ghost walk or river cruise for a unique perspective on these historicsites. The modern city also offers ballet, symphony, opera and stageperformances as well as NASCAR and horse racing. Visit in mid-summer to see theWashington Redskins’ football training camp.

In the mountains of Virginia,you’ll find plenty of outdoor adventure opportunities, ranging from rockclimbing, kayaking, fishing and falconry in summer to skiing, ice skating andsnowmobiling in winter. Choose your accommodations from backpack camping toluxury spas.

Shenandoah National Park contains a 104-mile (167-kilometer) section of the AppalachianTrail, providing quiet hiking opportunities with views of ridge after ridge ofuntouched forests. Near the park, find LurayCaverns, where you can spelunk among colorful stalactites and stalagmites,including a limestone formation that looks and sounds a bit like an organ.

Virginia has varied beachlocations along the Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic Ocean and Potomac and James Rivers.Select from family-friendly spots on the EasternShore and more lively Virginia BeachBoardwalk locations.

Popular cities in Virginia

Sandbridge Beach showing surfing and a sandy beach as well as a small group of people
Norfolk - Virginia Beach
Known for beach, sport and liveMusic

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  • Virginia Beach Boardwalk
    Virginia Beach Boardwalk
  • Chrysler Museum of Art
    Chrysler Museum of Art
  • Sandbridge Beach
    Sandbridge Beach
Governor\'s Palace which includes a garden and heritage elements
Williamsburg
Known for garden, historicalBuilding and sport

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  • Colonial Williamsburg
    Colonial Williamsburg
  • Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center
    Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center
  • Historic Jamestowne
    Historic Jamestowne
Richmond which includes a river or creek, a bridge and a city
Richmond
Known for historicalBuilding, sport and river

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  • Broad Street
    Broad Street
  • Richmond International Raceway
    Richmond International Raceway
Newport News featuring night scenes, theater scenes and modern architecture
Newport News
Known for dining, shopping and familyFriendly

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  • Colonial Williamsburg
    Colonial Williamsburg
  • Mariner's Museum
    Mariner's Museum
Roanoke which includes street scenes and heritage elements
Roanoke
Known for mountain, university and liveMusic

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  • Jefferson National Forest
    Jefferson National Forest
  • Mill Mountain Star
    Mill Mountain Star
Charlottesville showing a sunset, mist or fog and mountains
Charlottesville
Known for university, sport and winery

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  • Monticello
    Monticello