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Inspirational Virginia Travel Ideas

Virginia State Capitol

Virginia may be for lovers, but it's also 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.

What should you do on your next Virginia vacation? Check out these five Virginia travel inspirations to get you started. Then visit Virginia's Travel Blog for even more great travel ideas and stories.

Mount Vernon Virginia Take A Step Back In Time

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.

Soak Up the Sun

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.

Virginia Beach Dunes Get to Know George Washington

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.

Visit Colleges and Universities

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. Check out the great student discounts to get you there and back for less.

Colonial Drummers Find Your Thrill

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 and more, plus SmartFares are available weekly (For sale Tuesday - Friday only, applicable cities vary).

Photo credits: Ron Cogswell (State Capitol); Old Guard Museum (Colonial Drummer); Brent Hoard (Beach Dunes); Ben Clark (Mount Vernon)