The BeachesWhether 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 MountainsWhile 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?