Top 7 Best Destinations Must to Visit In Virginia

1.George Washington's Mount Vernon

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The George Washington's Mount Vernon. Photo: Fun In Fairfax VA

An iconic American landmark, The George Washington's Mount Vernon is a historic reminder of the legacy and life of the Father of Our Country. In the 18th century, Mount Vernon was a vibrant plantation. It is now one of the most beloved historic sites in the nation. Visitors can explore the estate and the reconstructions that give form to 18th-century plantation life mixed with modern-day functionality and features.

Each of the 18th century homes have been constructed to authentic form, and visitors can explore them and the surrounding lush gardens and grounds, as well as the intriguing museum galleries that are filled with exhibits and immersive programs honoring George Washington’s legacy.

2.Norfolk Botanical Garden

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The Norfolk Botanical Garden. Photo: The Virginia Pilot

Open all year round, the Norfolk Botanical Garden has a lovely indoor exhibit in the Baker Hall Visitor Center, including rotating exhibits of photography, painting, and other art. There are different things to do for visitors of all ages; the younger ones will enjoy the Children’s Adventure Garden or the Bristow Butterfly Garden, while adult visitors might prefer touring the land on one of the daily evening bike rides.

Some of the themed gardens include desert plants, a Japanese garden, a rose garden, and the Annette Kagan Healing Garden, which is filled with medicinal plants and streams. There’s a guide-driven tram that starts from the Baker Hall Visitor Center and goes in a circle around the garden while stopping in various locations as well as a boat ride that goes out into Lake Whitehurst.

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3.Old Town Alexandria

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Old Town Alexandria. Photo: McEnearny Association

It is a historic waterfront district with red-brick sidewalks and an exciting independent scene, it’s the perfect mix of old and new.

The ideal weekend break, this picture-perfect town may have been founded in 1749, but its cobblestone streets are filled with new creations. Strolling is the only way to enjoy a place like this, so wander from magical apothecary museums to the tiny seven-foot-wide Spite House to the boutiques of the King Street Mile, all with a liquid-nitrogen ice cream in hand.

4.Arlington National Cemetery

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Spread across 600 acres overlooking Washington, D.C., Arlington National Cemetery is where some of the most famous people in the United States are buried. The most visited are the grave of President John F. Kennedy and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Kennedy's grave is marked by a slate headstone covered with Cape Cod fieldstone and contains inscriptions of his 1960 inaugural address carved in marble, as well as an eternal flame.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is carved of white marble and watched over by an honor guard 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. It contains the remains of soldiers from both World Wars, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War.

5.Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

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The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Photo: Planetware

A part of the Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.’s National Mall, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center has thousands of aviation and space artifacts on display in their two large hangars – the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar and the Boeing Aviation Hangar. The items on display include the Space Shuttle Discovery and a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird alongside various aircraft, spacecraft, engines, uniforms, models, and other objects on display, according to Planetware.

Visitors of all ages will enjoy watching interactive videos at the Airbus IMAX® Theater or stunning 360-degree bird’s eye views of planes taking off and landing at Washington Dulles International Airport from the Donald D. Engen Observation Tower. Other activities at the Udvar-Hazy Center include watching specialists reconstruct and repair rare artifacts at the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar, participating in an educational Learning Lab program or in a science demonstration, or getting their own flight experience in a jet simulator!

6.Luray Caverns

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Luray Caverns. Photo: Do 4 Travel Blog

Discovered in 1878 and attracting visitors from around the globe ever since, Luray Caverns is a designated United States Natural Landmark. Located in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, this fascinating natural wonder is only 9 miles from the central entrance to Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park.

A paved and lighted walkway winds through magnificent cathedral height chambers and around abundant examples of stalactite and stalagmite ornamentation. An ingenious Stalacpipe Organ, located in the Cathedral Chamber, produces a lovely, soothing tone and is touted as the world's largest musical instrument. The guided walking tour of the caverns (approximately 1.25 miles) lasts slightly more than one hour. There are a few other attractions at the complex as well.

7.Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

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Monticello. Photo: History

Thomas Jefferson—the third U.S. president and one of the most influential figures in American history—designed, remodeled, and enlarged his Virginia home, Monticello, over a period of 40 years from 1769 to 1809. Located in Charlottesville in Central Virginia, Monticello is a National Historic Landmark and, along with the University of Virginia, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Monticello is open every day of the year except Christmas. In addition to daily tours, there are many seasonal events, special evening tours, and family-friendly activities to enhance your visit. The annual Monticello Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony is the nation's oldest continuous naturalization ceremony outside of a courtroom, Tripsavvy cites.

In the state of first landings, first impressions count – but it’s hard to go wrong when you’re sandwiched between the Appalachian Mountains and Chesapeake Bay. Being in Virginia means being in nature, and whether you prefer to spend your days hiking through valleys to spy local landmarks or surfing the waves at Virginia Beach, you’ll never want to leave. Combine that with historical sites brought to life before your eyes and a food scene powered by the freshest local produce and seafood straight from the bay – and you’ll find Virginia is a state that feeds your mind, soul and tastebuds.
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