Virginia may be for lovers, but the state is steeped in American history and has a beautiful natural landscapes, so there's much more to do beyond romantic walks and delicious dinners. From gorgeous beaches to historic farms to places where our forefathers lived and dreamed, Virginia offers something for everyone.
Wondering the best way to travel around Virginia? Getting to and around the state is simple, thanks to an extensive rail network. When you see Virginia by train, you'll enjoy the best in the state without the traffic jams and airport lines.
Virginia is served by 23 stations and eight different train services — Northeast Regional, Auto Train, Cardinal, Crescent, Carolinian, Palmetto, Silver Meteor, Silver Star — so getting to your favorite destinations is quick and easy. Relax in big, comfy chairs, stretch your legs and enjoy free Wi-Fi, all while you reduce your carbon footprint.
What should you do on your next Virginia vacation? Here are five inspirational travel ideas:
Known as a living history museum, Colonial Williamsburg gives a true taste of colonial life. Dine at an authentic tavern, interact with residents and even throw the kids in the stockade. Next, head to neighboring historic Jamestown and discover what life was like for Captain John Smith and Pocahontas.
There are numerous beaches in Virginia, but the most famous of them all is Virginia Beach. The sand and surf are reason enough to visit the area, but there's much more to this vibrant city. From thriving nightlife to museums, zoos and aquariums, all ages enjoy Virginia Beach.
George Washington's Mount Vernon is the estate of our country's first president. A visit to this plantation home gives a true glimpse into his life and his legend. Explore room after room and beautiful gardens outside — an experience you won't soon forget.
Virginia Tech, William and Mary, University of Richmond — the state of Virginia is home to hundreds of colleges and universities. Whether you're exploring higher education for yourself or your children, or you simply want to visit the campuses of some of the best colleges in the country, you won't be short on options.
Just three miles east of Williamsburg, Busch Gardens is great for families looking for thrills. This memorable theme park offers amusement park rides, simulators, water slides and, of course, roller coasters. Catch a show, do a little shopping and enjoy fine eats, all from within the park's borders.
When you travel Virginia by rail to top attractions, you not only travel in style, but you can save plenty of money too. Amtrak offers discounts for kids, seniors, military, students and more, plus SmartFares are available weekly (For sale Tuesday – Friday only, applicable cities vary).
Photo credits: Christopher Hollis (Monticello); Old Guard Museum (Colonial Drummer); Boris Dzhingarov (King Neptune Statue); Eli Christman (Virginia Creeper Trail); Doug Kerr (Fredericksburg Battlefield); Ron Cogswell (Colonial Williamsburg)