The Ultimate Virginia Travel Guide

The Ultimate Virginia Travel Guide

Virginia Travel Guide

History: Virginia was admitted to the union as the 10th state on June 25, 1788. Virginia was named to honor Queen Elizabeth of England, referred to as the “Virgin Queen.” The state’s nickname, the Old Dominion, originated in Colonial days, Dominion refers to complete ownership of a particular piece of land or territory. Virginia is the birthplace of eight US presidents, more than any other state in the US.

Geography: Virginia stretches from the Chesapeake Bay to the Appalachian Mountains, with a long Atlantic coastline. It’s bordered by West Virginia and Maryland on the north and by North Carolina and Tennessee on the south. On the east, Virginia is bordered by Maryland and the Atlantic Ocean, and on the west, it’s bordered by West Virginia and Kentucky.

Getting There

Flight: Charlottesville/Albemarle Airport (CHO), Ronald Regan Washington National Airport (DCA), Washington Dulles Airport (IAD), Richmond International Airport (RIC) and Norfolk International Airport (ORF) are the main airports to get to Virginia.

Drive: If you live in any of the neighboring or southeastern states, you could drive to Virginia.

Train: Amtrak offers several rail services in Virginia (1) Northeast Regional, connecting Boston Providence / Springfield Hartford New York Washington, DC Roanoke / Richmond Norfolk / Newport News Virginia Beach (2) Palmetto connecting – New York, Washington, DC, Charleston, Savannah, Jacksonville, Orlando, and Tampa / Miami and (3) Carolinian / Piedmont connecting – New York,  Richmond, Raleigh,  Charlotte.


Climate: Summers range from warm to hot, with an average high temperature above, 86°F. Winters are frigid, with average low temperatures dropping to 26°F. Spring is wet and cold, and autumn is mild and pleasant.

Time zone: Eastern Daylight Time UTC-4

Getting around: Renting a car is the best option in Virginia. However, you will find Amtrak rail service and Greyhound bus services in Virginia.

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Best Places To Visit in Virginia

Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach | Virginia Travel Guide

Virginia Beach, a vibrant coastal city in southeastern Virginia, lies where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. Featuring a 3-mile boardwalk stretches along its beach-lined oceanfront, First Landing State Park, Sandbridge Beach, The Virginia Aquarium, and several restaurants.

Address: Resort area Oceanfront Atlantic Ave Virginia Beach, VA 23451, Entrance Fee: No Fee

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Shenandoah National Park / Skyline Drive

Shenandoah National Park | Virginia Travel Guide

Shenandoah National Park is home to some serene nature, cascading waterfalls, spectacular vistas, the Shenandoah River, wilderness, and the famous Skyline Drive. The Skyline Drive, a National Scenic Byway, runs through the entire park offering some breathtaking views and sceneries. 

Address: GPS Lat: 38.905729, Long: -78.198624, Entrance Fee: Per non-commercial private vehicle: $30.00

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