5 Attractions to Love in Virginia
Posted on March 26, 2013 by sguese
Virginia is for lovers, or so they say.
The state leaves little not to love. With a passion for history, art, big cities, nature and main street towns, Virginia packs it all in. You won’t have trouble finding great natural significance here. Long beaches kiss the ocean as the rugged appeals of the Appalachians provide an embrace. In Virginia, the line between America’s North and South is perhaps most apparent throughout the ancient battlefields the state holds. To appreciate it all you won’t want to neglect these five lovely attractions in Virginia.
The Virginia Beach Boardwalk
Constructed in 1888 as a mere five block, wooden planked promenade, the Virginia Beach Boardwalk is a sea of activity today, and much longer. Today, the Boardwalk stretches three miles and composes of concrete. What hasn’t changed is the boardwalk’s location. It still sits along the Virginia Beach oceanfront where festivals, strolls and bike rides constantly take place.
Arlington National Cemetery
Receiving over four million visitors annually, Arlington National Cemetery stands with great pride in Virginia. The Cemetery pays tribute to those who have lost their lives servicing the United States of America. A visit here is both powerful and memorable, providing insight into the American way of service.
The Historic Triangle
Considered America’s Historic Triangle, Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown provide key pieces of American history. Located in southeastern Virginia, you can visit them all, beginning with Jamestown. Jamestown was the first permanent English settlement in the United States. The triangle continues to make a point at Colonial Williamsburg where across 301 acres, you can view the largest living history museum. Williamsburg holds 88 original buildings along with 90 acres of gardens and greens. The triangle ends in Yorktown, situated on the banks of the York River. Established in 1691, Yorktown served an important place for American independence during the 1781 Siege of Yorktown.
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail
One of the most famous hiking trails in the world, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail finds some 550 miles in Virginia. Those in the market for a casual walk or a day hike can appreciate a stretch of those 550 miles. The trail itself extends from Maine to Georgia for over 2,175 miles.
A number of festivals and events take place throughout the year in Virginia, many of which are free. You might want to schedule your visit around some of the most famous such as the summertime Virginia Highlands Festival or the annual President’s Day George Washington Birthday Parade in Alexandria.
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