The morning sun casts a warm glow over the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington
Backpackers setting out on the Appalachian Trail
Autumn in the Blue Ridge Parkway countryside
Waterfall hikes in Shenandoah National Park
Winter time by the marina
Rafting by the Shenandoah River Bridge
Horse-drawn carriage ride outside the Governor's Palace in Williamsburg
Meadow Farms Golf Course in Richmond
- Major Airports:
- Washington Dulles (IAD)
- Old Dominion State
History, nature and dining delights in Virginia
This is the first, largest and most prosperous colony on the books in the USA; it’s also, as the local saying goes, “for lovers.” History and romance go hand in hand here, where rolling hills and sunny beaches give way to charming towns and boardwalks along with the polished manors of presidents and memorial sites. The Historic Triangle, for example, is home to Jamestown, the first English settlement in the USA, Colonial Williamsburg, and Yorktown, where the American Revolutionary War ended.
What’s more romantic than enjoying a glass of wine and noshing on some of the state’s excellent oysters from the Virginia Oyster Trail while watching the sunset on a picnic in Shenandoah National Park? Home to more than 280 wineries, making it the fifth largest wine-producing state, Virginia’s wine heritage is well-earned: The colonists were the first to make it here. Not surprisingly, farmers markets and a vibrant farm-to-table scene also have sprung up everywhere, making for unbeatable dining and nightlife.