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.
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 travellers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.
Suggested itineraries featuring Virginia
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Virginia, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
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Map of Virginia
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Places in and around Virginia
- Charlottesville Virginia
- Front Royal Virginia
- Richmond Virginia
- Roanoke Virginia
- Virginia Beach Virginia
- Williamsburg Virginia
- Washington D.C. 116 miles away
- Raleigh 130 miles away
- Annapolis 141 miles away
- St. Michaels 145 miles away
- Winston-Salem 146 miles away
- Baltimore 151 miles away
- Gettysburg 165 miles away
- Lancaster 202 miles away
- Charlotte 214 miles away
- Wilmington 238 miles away
- Philadelphia 239 miles away
- Asheville 269 miles away
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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.
Surrounded by Front Royal's mountain range, the Holiday Inn & Suites hotel is ideally located for those looking to enjoy the many outdoor pursuits in the area.
The Sheraton hotel is conveniently situated close to the towns of Roanoke and Salem, with many of its rooms offering views of the Blue Ridge Mountain Range.
Located in downtown Richmond, Linden Row Inn comprises seven houses dating back to the mid-1800s and is regarded as America's best surviving row of Greek Revival architecture.
The Omni Hotel enjoys a wealth of shopping, fine dining and entertainment right on its doorstep, and all its rooms offer views over the city or James River.
Perfectly located to get around the city with little effort, the Omni hotel's traditionally styled rooms offer views over the Blue Ridge Mountains and Charlottesville.
Located a short drive from the central area of Williamsburg, the Courtyard hotel is well positioned to make the most of a stay in the area.
The Williamsburg Lodge is conveniently located in the historic part of Williamsburg near restaurants and shops.