- Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive are must-sees if you’re a nature lover
- You can experience the beauty of the natural world at Luray Caverns, Natural Bridge Caverns and the Natural Bridge of Virginia
- The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Museum is a must for families with children
- History buffs and American patriots won’t want to miss The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Colonial National Historic Park or Manassas National Battlefield
- Take a step back in time at Colonial Williamsburg, or rough it at Assateague Island
Virginia is a charming southern state with a rich history dating back to the first official settlement on what’s now American soil. Despite being one of the first settled areas, Virginia has held onto much of its natural beauty and boasts one of the oldest natural historic sites in the nation. This “for lovers” states is a must-visit destination if you enjoy being in nature, exploring history or simply slowing things down.
Ready to start planning your trip? Here are 12 things to see and do in Virginia.
1. Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah National Park is a nature-lover’s paradise, located less than 100 miles outside the bustling city of Washington, DC. The park features over 200,000 acres of wildflower fields, wooded hollows and cascading waterfalls.
In addition, these protected lands are home to a diverse group of animal species, including black bears, deer and beautiful songbirds. While some people opt to take the Skyline Drive through this park, there are ample opportunities for hiking if you want to get more up close and personal with all the Shenandoah Valley has to offer.