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History looms large in Virginia, home to the first English settlement in 1607 and many Civil War battlefields, as well as the recreated town of Colonial Williamsburg. But the commonwealth also boasts an abundance of natural treasures, including Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, the wide sandy beaches of Chesapeake Bay and the time-rounded peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

From highlights to hidden pleasures, our specialists have toured the state thoroughly and can design your visit to Virginia around the sorts of things you want to do and see. They can direct you to the most scenic stretches of the Appalachian Trail. Additionally, they can arrange for expert guides to help you understand the history you can see everywhere, whether you’re interested in the colonial period, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War or the Civil Rights era.

Tour Mount Vernon, the estate of George Washington nestled on the banks of the Potomac River, or Monticello, where Thomas Jefferson lived. Stroll along the cobblestone streets of Alexandria’s Old Town or visit the Rising Sun Tavern in Fredericksburg. Take a boat tour of the bay to enjoy the views or to see the massive modern warships at Norfolk.

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Places to visit in Virginia

Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Virginia, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travelers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

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    Places in and around Virginia

    Accommodation choices for Virginia

    We've selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Virginia. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.