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Capital Region

Virginia holidays

VIRGINIA TRIP? NO TROUBLE.

Tucked between Washington DC and the Southern states is Virginia, Mother of Presidents. The state which birthed four of the first five US presidents is steeped in history. From the first English settlement in the New World, to key sites in the American Revolution and Civil War, to the grand colonial homes of the US forefathers, this place is peppered with time-stamped landmarks. Virginia holidays are your first step to uncovering the magic of early America.

History comes to life in the beautifully restored 18th-century Colonial Williamsburg and the historic sites of Jamestown and Yorktown. Rooms which held the first great debates which shaped the country can be explored at the presidential homes in Monticello, Charlottesville and Mount Vernon, and the University of Virginia, which was founded Thomas Jefferson.

On your Virginia holiday, you’ll soon understand how this beautiful state inspired a nation. Witness the majesty of the famous Blue Ridge Highlands and the surrounding natural wonders of Shenandoah National Park, Skyline Drive and Luray Caverns. Admire the staggering Natural Bridge, which people have travelled to for 300 years. Or walk among wild ponies on the wild beaches of Chincoteague and Assateague Islands.

Once you’ve ticked off the major attractions, why not take time out to relax, eat, drink, and be entertained in the oceanfront city of Virginia Beach? Or you could explore the bustling streets of Richmond – the state capital – where you can visit the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Or get your adrenaline pumping on the rollercoasters of Busch Gardens theme park.

Virginia is an exciting and varied state, ideal for families searching for knowledge and entertainment, or couples looking for romance and wilderness. If you have a sense of adventure, a love of nature or a thirst for history, a holiday to Virginia is sure to tick all your boxes.

Things to do

Historical sites

Virginia Beach

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Things to do in Virginia

Thrill-seekers and families alike will never run out of things to do in Virginia. There’s lots of fun to be had at the Busch Gardens European-themed adventure park. Whether you’re into rollercoasters, shows, shopping, or up-close animal experiences, this famous park has activities for all ages. Elsewhere, you can step back in time at the ancient rock formation of Virginia’s Natural Bridge. It’s one of the USA’s oldest attractions, having been surveyed by George Washington and served as a country retreat for Thomas Jefferson. It once even rivalled Niagara Falls in popularity.

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Aviation enthusiasts, meanwhile, will discover a world of artefacts and education at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, where the Space Shuttle Discovery sits amongst military planes and some of the earliest working aircraft of America. There’s also a high-tech interactive flight simulator. After marvelling at the state’s technology, you can wonder at its nature. Visit the underground Luray Caverns or the Blue Ridge Highlands and the Heart of Appalachia, the true cradle of country music.



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Colonial & Civil War History

Birthplace to four of the first five US presidents and home to the first English settlement in the New World, Virginia boasts some of the most important and intriguing historic landmarks in America. Williamsburg, the state’s colonial capital, has been restored to its 18th-century appearance, creating a living museum for you to explore. While Jamestown – the first English settlement – and Yorktown, where the American Revolution ended, sit in the Colonial National Historic Park and are peppered with original buildings, museums, and recreations from colonial forts to Powhatan villages.

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You can also visit stately homes and political buildings once occupied by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Virginia’s six other presidents. Plus, battlefields from the American Revolution and Civil War provide insight into the conflicts of the country’s past. You could also take a poignant trip to the famous Arlington National Cemetery, where 600 acres is dedicated in tribute to America’s fallen.

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Virginia Beach

At the edge of Chesapeake Bay, on the Atlantic coast of Virginia, you’ll find miles of golden sands and the popular city of Virginia Beach. A year-round destination with endless attractions and distractions, this stretch of coast offers the perfect base from which to explore the historical and varied state inland.

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The Caribbean-themed Ocean Breeze Waterpark is just one highlight in a string of entertainment, bars and restaurants dotted along the beach’s three-mile boardwalk. Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Museum bring the wonders of the sea to life, while the rugged 9,000-acre Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge is a paradise for bird-watchers. And, on Virginia Beach’s northern corner, at the tip of First Landing State Park, you can see the Cape Henry Lighthouses, which have kept passing ships safe for over 230 years.

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Best time to visit Virginia

Virginia holidays are most popular during the spring and summer, between April and October. If you visit earlier in the season, you’ll benefit from dryer days and fewer crowds in many parts of the state. Big annual events such as Virginia Renaissance Faire, Balloons over Rockbridge and Virginia Highlands Festival are all held over this warmer period, when temperatures range between 20°C and 30°C. Rainfall is sporadic, but usually higher in May, July and August.

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Dry days can be expected to return in November, as temperatures start to drop. Winter is quieter – as several attractions close – but the colder days still have plenty to offer. This is the best time for whale-watching, and you’ll be delighted by Virginia’s Christmas lights and markets. Grab a hot chocolate to stay warm, as temperatures drop below 10°C, and occasionally dip to freezing.

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Things to do

Things to do in Virginia

Thrill-seekers and families alike will never run out of things to do in Virginia. There’s lots of fun to be had at the Busch Gardens European-themed adventure park. Whether you’re into rollercoasters, shows, shopping, or up-close animal experiences, this famous park has activities for all ages. Elsewhere, you can step back in time at the ancient rock formation of Virginia’s Natural Bridge. It’s one of the USA’s oldest attractions, having been surveyed by George Washington and served as a country retreat for Thomas Jefferson. It once even rivalled Niagara Falls in popularity.

Show More
Show Less

Aviation enthusiasts, meanwhile, will discover a world of artefacts and education at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, where the Space Shuttle Discovery sits amongst military planes and some of the earliest working aircraft of America. There’s also a high-tech interactive flight simulator. After marvelling at the state’s technology, you can wonder at its nature. Visit the underground Luray Caverns or the Blue Ridge Highlands and the Heart of Appalachia, the true cradle of country music.



Show More
Show Less

Historical sites

Colonial & Civil War History

Birthplace to four of the first five US presidents and home to the first English settlement in the New World, Virginia boasts some of the most important and intriguing historic landmarks in America. Williamsburg, the state’s colonial capital, has been restored to its 18th-century appearance, creating a living museum for you to explore. While Jamestown – the first English settlement – and Yorktown, where the American Revolution ended, sit in the Colonial National Historic Park and are peppered with original buildings, museums, and recreations from colonial forts to Powhatan villages.

Show More
Show Less

You can also visit stately homes and political buildings once occupied by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Virginia’s six other presidents. Plus, battlefields from the American Revolution and Civil War provide insight into the conflicts of the country’s past. You could also take a poignant trip to the famous Arlington National Cemetery, where 600 acres is dedicated in tribute to America’s fallen.

Show More
Show Less

Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach

At the edge of Chesapeake Bay, on the Atlantic coast of Virginia, you’ll find miles of golden sands and the popular city of Virginia Beach. A year-round destination with endless attractions and distractions, this stretch of coast offers the perfect base from which to explore the historical and varied state inland.

Show More
Show Less

The Caribbean-themed Ocean Breeze Waterpark is just one highlight in a string of entertainment, bars and restaurants dotted along the beach’s three-mile boardwalk. Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Museum bring the wonders of the sea to life, while the rugged 9,000-acre Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge is a paradise for bird-watchers. And, on Virginia Beach’s northern corner, at the tip of First Landing State Park, you can see the Cape Henry Lighthouses, which have kept passing ships safe for over 230 years.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Virginia

Virginia holidays are most popular during the spring and summer, between April and October. If you visit earlier in the season, you’ll benefit from dryer days and fewer crowds in many parts of the state. Big annual events such as Virginia Renaissance Faire, Balloons over Rockbridge and Virginia Highlands Festival are all held over this warmer period, when temperatures range between 20°C and 30°C. Rainfall is sporadic, but usually higher in May, July and August.

Show More
Show Less

Dry days can be expected to return in November, as temperatures start to drop. Winter is quieter – as several attractions close – but the colder days still have plenty to offer. This is the best time for whale-watching, and you’ll be delighted by Virginia’s Christmas lights and markets. Grab a hot chocolate to stay warm, as temperatures drop below 10°C, and occasionally dip to freezing.

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