Places to Visit in Virginia
Virginia, officially called the Commonwealth of Virginia, is a U.S. state with the capital in Richmond. The state is also nicknamed “Old Dominion” or “Mother of Presidents” because eight U.S. presidents were born here. The climate and geography of Virginia are influenced by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Chesapeake Bay, which create the habitat for much of its fauna and flora.
When looking for places to visit in Virginia one must make room for its many attractions that include museums, zoos, beaches, parks and beautiful cities. Visit the city of Virginia Beach where you can find the Virginia Beach Oceanfront Waterpark and the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science. One of the best places to visit in Virginia are the sister islands of Assateague and Chincoteague where you can enjoy the beaches, restaurants, galleries and museums. Don’t miss the largest living history museum in the world at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation which offers the best reconstitution of the eighteenth century, an aquarium, planetarium, botanical preserve and a Wildlife Park.
No trip to Virginia can be complete without a visit at the Arlington National Cemetery, where more than 250,000 American servicemen and other famous people are buried. Here you can see the graves of Presidents John F. Kennedy and William Howard Taft as well as the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier or the Arlington House, former home of General Robert E. Lee.
Other amazing places to visit in Virginia include George Washington’s family home, the Mount Vernon Estate, situated along the Potomac River or the 800-acre Great Falls Park located in the same area and which is one of the most spectacular natural landmarks in Northern Virginia. History and war buffs can satisfy their curiosities at the Iwo Jima Memorial or the U.S. Air Force Memorial, both important national landmarks.
Some of the best places to visit in Virginia are its many parks, like the Wolf Trap National Park where annual music festivals are held. The Manassas National Battlefield Park is 5000 acres wide and it preserves the site of the First and Second Battles of Manassas during the Civil War. Here you can visit the Henry Hill Center for a 45-minute orientation film and a museum that exhibits Civil War uniforms, weapons and artifacts. Pay a visit to the National Marine Corps Museum as well, so you can experience its state-of-the-art interactive technologies, multi-media exhibits and thousands of artifacts that draw on the values and culture of the Marine Corps.