The Commonwealth of Virginia is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Appalachian mountains to the west. As one of the original thirteen colonies it is a great destination for history buffs. It is also offers photographers countless scenic landscapes to frame during their trip to the state. Jamestown and Williamsburg may draw a lot of attention for their connection to U.S. history but Virginia has a lot to offer. Let’s take a look at 5 Virginia towns to consider on your next trip.
Newport News, VA is packed with museums and parks to explore. The Mariners’ Museum & Park offers the best of both with indoor and outdoor areas to enjoy. Eat at The Crabshack Seafood Restaurant: On the James River and grab a room for the weekend at one of the great hotels in Newport News.
Virginia Beach is a coastal city in southeastern part of the state and offers the idea spot for a beach vacation. Hiking, kayaking, golfing, and whale watching are just a few of the outdoor activities you can enjoy during your stay. The State Parks and National Wildlife Refuge are pristine are a photographers dream with picturesque places find the perfect photo. Whether you are a golfer, beach bum, or wildlife lover, there is something for you in this seaside town. Take a look at these cheap hotels in Virginia Beach.
The world’s largest naval base is located in Norfolk, VA as well as Old Dominion University, and a lively arts community. If Naval history interests you or you just want to get out on the water, the 2-hour cruise around the Norfolk Naval Base is a nice way to spend an afternoon. Beer aficionados should stop by the O’Connor Brewing Company for a tasting of the local brew. With lively entertainment, culture, and miles of coastline to explore Norfolk makes for a nice place to spend a weekend in Virginia. There is no shortage of cheap hotels in Norfolk to book for the weekend.
A visit to Sterling, Virginia is like stepping back in time. Live the life of the farmer at the interactive Heritage Farm Museum or visit the Algonkian Regional Park. Sterling is a small town so you can expect a laid back and slower lifestyle than the larger nearby cities. Find cheap accommodation for your weekend in Sterling and enjoy the outdoors and heritage of this small town.
Richmond, Virginia is filled with unique neighborhoods that make up the city. It is the capital city and was founded by Capt. Christopher Newport and Capt. John Smith in the early 17th century. Sample craft beers, explore the gardens and parks, and enjoy the local arts. And be sure to explore each of the distinct neighborhoods before you leave because great restaurants and bars can be found throughout them. Be sure to book a cheap hotel when you are researching your trip so you don’t have to settle for a neighborhood away from the action.
There is no bad time to visit Virginia. The peak summer months pack the coasts but every town has a something to offer a curious visitor all year-long. Make your trip to Virginia memorable and visit some of the lesser-known towns around the state.
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