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Check out these Virginia Travel Ideas!

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Written by Carl Hedinger

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Check out these Virginia Travel Ideas!

So if you’ve decided to spend some time in the Commonwealth and have no idea where to start, don’t worry. This guide is going to help you plan that perfect Virginia itinerary that includes one of these five wonderful cities. Check these Virginia travel ideas and beware. There’s a big chance you’ll start looking to move here!


Book a night in Alexandria and you’ll be close to so many wonderful things in and around the city. You’ll be very close to Washington D.C. but won’t even think about it after walking around Old Town and the Waterfront. Visitors can enjoy tons of shopping on King Street and if you’re feeling up for a quick day trip away from Alexandria, you have to drive out to Mount Vernon (Washington’s home) which is only 8 miles south of the city.


Sterling is another wonderful option that’s not far from DC and closest to Dulles International Airport. It’s great for DC travelers but with the sights found at Algonkian Regional Park and other outdoor getaways, why bother going into the city? Kids can have fun at Rebounderz and if they’re worn out from bouncing around on the trampolines, you can take them to Heritage Farm Museum, which has tons of indoor fun on an educational level.


Richmond is filled with Civil War History that dominates the scene but there are tons of other options. Make your day at Maymont and picnic while looking at beautiful Victorian homes. More beauty is on display at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and outdoor lovers can run, mountain bike, or kayak along the James River! The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is perfect throughout the year thanks to traveling exhibits coming through.

Newport News

Spend at least a weekend in Newport News and visit its collections found around the Mariners’ Museum and Park. Next door, you can learn about the first commissioned Union Submarine, the USS Monitor. The Virginia Living Museum has splendid living exhibits, an outdoor boardwalk and a planetarium inside for the star-gazer in your party. Get outside and relax at Huntington Park Beach or go for a run around the Noland Trail, a 5-mile loop around Lake Maury.

Virginia Beach

Everyone loves Virginia Beach for its iconic views and that lovely boardwalk. First Landing State Park is a wonderful combination of swimming, hiking and other outdoor fun on Cape Henry. Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge is perfect for those in search of trails and masses of birds to admire. Spend an evening at Neptune’s Park for its truly impressive statue that accompanies a variety of concerts and shops in the area.

Do you have a favorite out of these? I bet you’re ready to visit them all after looking through this list of Virginia travel ideas and cities. I hope you enjoy your stay in Virginia and remember that one trip is never enough. Well friends, it’s time to get packed and bring along a camera for your trip through Old Dominion!

About the author

Carl Hedinger

I’m a writer and recovering American expat who shares my family’s travels through life. Follow our adventures here and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.