Destination guide

Travel to lively Central Virginia

The area's live music and wineries are just a few of the reasons to vacation in Central Virginia. Renowned for its university setting, sporting events and restaurants, this city welcomes all visitors. For a bit of culture, visit Virginia Discovery Museum, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts or Children's Museum of Richmond. Whether you're planning a family holiday, romantic stay or friends trip, vacation rentals offer features like full kitchens and laundry facilities for a more convenient stay.


Sightseeing in and around Central Virginia

Are you searching for top things to see and do in the area? Venture out of your vacation home and check out everything that Central Virginia has to offer. Here are some of the top attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Longwood Golf Course (5.3 mi / 8.6 km)
  • The Adventure Park at Sandy River Retreat (7.7 mi / 12.4 km)
  • Spring Creek Wine Cellar (19.8 mi / 31.8 km)
  • Morefield Gem Mine (24.2 mi / 38.9 km)
  • Elk Island Winery (29.2 mi / 47 km)
  • Byrd Cellars Winery and Vineyard (29.2 mi / 47 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Central Virginia

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to appreciate the scenery, Central Virginia is a great place to get out in nature. These are a few of the area's most stunning natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Sailor's Creek Battlefield State Park (8.4 mi / 13.5 km)
  • Bear Creek Lake State Park (12.5 mi / 20.1 km)
  • Twin Lakes State Park (13.9 mi / 22.3 km)
  • Holliday Lake State Park (15.7 mi / 25.3 km)
  • Appomattox Court House National Historical Park (24 mi / 38.7 km)
  • Nottoway Falls (24.9 mi / 40.1 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Central Virginia

The nearest airport is in Lynchburg, VA (LYH-Lynchburg Regional), located 46 mi (74 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Charlottesville, VA (CHO-Charlottesville-Albemarle), which is 53.7 mi (86.4 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Lynchburg-Kemper Street Station, Charlottesville Station and Richmond Staples Mill Road Station are the main stations in the area.

Can I find a vacation rental around Central Virginia?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,444 vacation rentals near Central Virginia. From 369 Cabins to 1,361 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Central Virginia for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Central Virginia?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Central Virginia. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • North Carolina: 24,541 vacation rentals
  • Washington DC: 1,999 vacation rentals
  • Smith Mountain Lake: 440 vacation rentals
  • West Virginia: 1,310 vacation rentals
  • Lake Anna: 220 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Central Virginia! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Central Virginia?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Central Virginia:

  • Washington DC: 1,999 rentals
  • Charlottesville: 294 rentals
  • Luray: 343 rentals
  • Massanutten: 261 rentals
  • Richmond: 159 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Central Virginia?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Central Virginia are:

  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA): 2,058 vacation rentals
  • Dulles International Airport (IAD): 246 vacation rentals
  • Danville, VA (DAN-Danville Regional): 25 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Central Virginia?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Central Virginia. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Massanutten Water Park: 189 rentals
  • United States Capitol: 2,036 rentals
  • Luray Caverns: 547 rentals
  • Kerr Lake Country Club: 31 rentals
  • Smoke Hole Caverns: 309 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Central Virginia listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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