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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 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.

Map of Virginia

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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.

    • Omni Richmond, Richmond

      Omni Richmond

      Medium

      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.

    • Linden Row Inn, Richmond

      Linden Row Inn

      Simple

      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.

    • Courtyard, Williamsburg

      Courtyard, Williamsburg

      Simple

      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.

    • Williamsburg Lodge in Williamsburg

      Williamsburg Lodge

      Medium

      The Williamsburg Lodge is conveniently located in the historic part of Williamsburg near restaurants and shops.

    • Omni Royal Orleans, New Orleans

      Omni Hotel, Charlottesville

      Medium

      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.