Book a hotel in the birthplace of modern America, Virginia; the state has played an integral role in national affairs from its founding 1607 right up to the present day. The state’s picturesque coast offers sandy beaches, protected areas, action-packed boardwalks and wetlands, while its interior is made up of rolling green hills, pine forests and the rugged Appalachian Mountains.
Charlottesville – Book a hotel in this lively University City that is continually voted one of the best places to live in the US. Boasting a pedestrianized downtown area, picturesque streets and a stunning setting in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville is the perfect destination for holidaymakers who want to indulge in a bit of café culture, take in a live gig and explore the state’s rich history.
Norfolk – Located on the Virginia Coast, Norfolk is home to the world’s largest naval base and so boasts an especially lively nightlife. In recent years the city has invested heavily in the arts and holidaymakers visiting Norfolk will find a wealth of galleries, event spaces and other creative enterprises across the city – as well as hotels and guesthouses.
Richmond – The Capital of Virginia, Richmond is home to a vibrant food and drink scene, a choice of historic sights and a fantastic selection of museums and galleries. Visitors can spend their days learning about the city’s eventful, and sometimes controversial, past and their nights enjoying a delicious meal in one of Richmond’s outstanding eateries before returning to their comfy hotel to sleep it all off.
Virginia Beach – The largest city in the state, Virginia Beach boasts 35 miles of sandy seafront and a three-mile attraction packed boardwalk complete with top beachside hotels. Most of the things to do here are centred around the beach with a range of restaurants, arcades, cafes and shops lining the waterfront.
One of the most famous sights in Virginia is the Arlington National Cemetery. Located across the Potomac River from Washington DC, the cemetery covers 624 acres and includes a number of important monuments and memorials. Other important historical sites include the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond which was built in 1785, Mount Vernon, the restored estate of first president George Washington, and Shenandoah Valley, a picturesque wine growing region that played an integral part in the American Civil War.
With an extensive coastline, historic cities and a picturesque interior, Virginia offers plenty for visitors to do. Holidaymakers who want to explore museums, galleries and cultural sights should head to Richmond, Charlottesville or Norfolk; Those who want to get close to nature should visit the Appalachian Mountains where they’ll find a network of walking trails and a choice of outdoor activities. A range of water sports, including kayaking, kite boarding and jet skiing are available in Virginia Beach, while a network of bike paths also crisscrossed the state.