Best Virginia, West Virginia Vacations

Virgina, also known as the Old Dominion, is a dream destination for history buffs and nature lovers. Within a half-day's drive, you can go from the ocean to the mountains, and from the site of the first English colony to the small town of Appomattox where General Lee surrendered to General Grant at the end of the Civil War. In the middle, a stop in Richmond provides the more adventurous traveler with a chance to enjoy one of the only places in the world where you can go white-water rafting through the center of a major city. Let's take a look at even more things to do in Virginia.

virginia beach vacationsThe Beaches

Whether you enjoy the touristy hot spots or a sandy strip that's a little bit off the beaten path, Virginia has you covered. In fact, the lovely beaches of this state's coastal areas is just one of the reasons for it's popular slogan, "Virginia is for Lovers." Here are a few of the best spots for fun in the sun and sand:
  • Virginia Beach - If you enjoy a traditional boardwalk area filled with souvenir shops, restaurants, and people, this is the place to be. During the peak season, claim your spot of sand early because this popular beach fills up by mid-day. Located on the Atlantic Ocean near the opening of the Chesapeake Bay, surfers can catch a wave, but swimmers should be wary of the dangerous currents and rip-tides.
  • Buckroe Beach - This beach is located within the calmer Chesapeake Bay and is favored by families with small children because of the much gentler surf and quieter atmosphere. One of the most popular features at this beach is the fishing pier. If you didn't bring your own equipment, you can rent what you need right there.
  • The Eastern Shore - Although you'll have to pay a hefty toll and go through three tunnels to cross the 20-mile-long Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel to get there from the mainland, the Eastern Shore is well worth the trip. Once there, you'll find miles of unspoiled beaches and nature reserves. If you time your trip just right, you can even view the swimming of the wild ponies at Chincoteague Island .

Of course, you can enjoy all of this and more from the peace and quiet of your own vacation home. From any beach-area property, you can easily take a day trip to explore all the things to do in Virginia and get a taste of the entire region.

The Mountains

While the mountains are lovely any time of the year, fall and winter are prime times to visit. During the fall, take a drive on Skyline Drive to see the beautiful fall foliage. Don't forget to pick up a park map as you enter; it provides all the information you need about the best trails and scenic pull-offs. Whether you choose to spend a little extra time at the famous Peaks of Otter or Crabtree Meadows , you'll never forget gazing at some far-off town from the top of the Appalachian Mountains.

For things to do in Virginia during the winter, skiing and snowboarding should top your list. Although Wintergreen near Charlottesville is the most well-known, Virginia is also home to Bryce Resort , Massanutten, and The Homestead .

Of course, these are just a few Virginia things to do. As you travel across the state, spend a day in Colonial Williamsburg, check out Busch Gardens or Kings Dominion for thrill rides, or shop 'til you drop at Potomac Mills Outlet Mall .

And don't forget about Smith Mountain, GA rentals and other Virginia destinations - this doesn't include it all! How will you spend your time in Virginia?

Virginia Vacation Rentals

A Above the River Cabin

Located South of Luray off of RT. 340 near Shenandoah, Va. 22849. Only 20 miles to Massanutten resort and 15 miles to the town of Luray. 350 ft. trail from cabin to private river access Luxury Shenandoah Valley Secluded River Cabin with all the ...

Visit Black Bear Lodge On 22 Secluded Acres With A Million Dollar View

BLACK BEAR LODGE Black Bear Lodge’s kitchen has granite counter tops, top end appliances, and a built in steamer that will steam your fish or vegetables to perfection. The up-to-date kitchen is fully furnished and allows you to prepare meals as if...

Private Coveside Paradise! WiFi, Hot Tub, Gameroom, Kayaks, Gentle Slope

Journeys End brings you into your own private coveside paradise. Privacy surrounds you on every side of this magnificent Tudor waterfront property. Our home offers the perfect place for the luxury lake experience. You won't be looking at other hom...

Private Beach Cottage on Historic James River Near Williamsburg & Jamestown

Jamestown-Williamsburg Area, Surry VA. Three night rental rate is $900 and week is $1650. Private, charming, luxury beach cottage on the James River with direct water access with wide river views and sand beach. Combine the best of history with ...

Beautiful 200 acre Farm with 1/2 Mile of Riverfront

This exceptional, elegant Southern Living home is situated on the Shenandoah River backing up to the George Washington National Forest. It is perfect for a business retreat or a family reunion. Gourmet kitchen with 6-burner Viking Stove, 2 ovens...

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