Virginia is a gorgeous state, but often overlooked. It’s a nice place to raise a family, and Virginia vacations are like no other. I might be a bit biased, but I think Virginia’s beauty really is second to none.
The Great Outdoors
Ah, the great outdoors! This is why we love our great state.
Natural Tunnel State Park – This attraction, nestled off the beaten path, is more than 850 feet long and as tall as a 10-story building. Natural Tunnel was carved by nature through a limestone ridge over a timespan of thousands of years. You can take your time visiting this state park, as there’s campgrounds, picnic areas, and even a gift shop.
Virginia’s Caves – Usually I’d just pick my favorite cave or cavern to add to a bucket list, but Virginia is home to so many awesome ones, I couldn’t narrow it down. This website covers 8 different caves that are perfect year-round.
Only in Virginia
You won’t find this stuff just anywhere! It’s time to explore some unique-to-Virginia wonders.
Kiptopeke Concrete Ships – Located in the stunning Kiptopeke State Park, these concrete ships date back to World War II. With a shortage of steel to build transportation vessels, concrete boats were apparently the the next best idea for cargo ships. However, once the war ended, concrete ships became obsolete. Some of those ships sit here in Kiptopeke today, reminding us of a time in history we’ve heard so much about but haven’t necessarily taken the time to learn about and experience firsthand.
Edgar Allan Poe’s Dorm Room – This is one of those quirky little stops that you can’t experience anywhere else. Edgar Allan Poe’s dorm room has been furnished and restored to 1820s era decor. You can get a peek into his life by hearing a recording about Poe’s time at U of VA.
– The Devil’s Bathtub, located off the Devil’s Fork Loop Trail in Fort Blackmore, isn’t an adventure you want to attempt if you’ve never been hiking before. Along this somewhat difficult hike, you’ll see streams and swimming holes, rock walls and fossils, and a waterfall. The main attraction, though, is the picturesque Devil’s Bathtub.
Yorktown Battlefield – It’s the last major battle site of the Revolutionary War. In 1781, Cornwallis and his British army surrendered, ending the war.
Jamestown – Visit this historic site and learn more about Jamestown than you ever thought possible! More than a dozen staff members preserve and research the findings of this historic site, known to be the first permanent English settlement in the United States.
Appomattox Courthouse – More than half of the Civil War’s battles were fought in Virginia, which ended with General Lee surrendering in the Appomattox Courthouse. It’s now a National Historic Park.