So Much to Love in Virginia

By: April Boone

Virginia is filled to the brim with natural beauty. It can be found along the Blue Ridge Parkway, a splendid 469-mile long non-commercialized route in the mountains. Here you can experience camping, hiking, fishing, bicycling, picnicking, overlooks and much more.

Another key spot for nature is the Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Once the home of Indians, then colonial farmers today visitors to the Refuge see the ospreys and bald eagles that make the marshes their home.

Virginia is also home to many American history treasures. You can visit five great historical gems in Charlottesville/Albemarle County: Monticello, University of Virginia campus, Ash Lawn-Highland, Court Square and Michie Tavern. Over in Hardy Virginia you can learn about the many contributions of Booker T. Washington at his national monument.

In July 1861, Union and Confederate forces faced off near Manassas Junction for the first major battle of the Civil War.

The Manassas National Battlefield Park is a place for stories of courage and determination.

The Newsome House Museum & Cultural Center in Newport News is the restored 1899 residence of the African-American attorney J. Thomas Newsome. He played a central role in the fight for social justice within Virginia.

A wide range of history is on display at two family-friendly attractions. In Newport News, the Mariners’ Museum is the home of the USS Monitor exhibit. In Prince William County the National Museum of the Marine Corps showcases 200 years of Marine Corps history that shaped the world.

Captain John Smith discovered present-day Prince William County, Virginia nearly 400 years ago. Since then it has been rediscovered by countless travelers. Some enjoy the AmRhein Wine Cellars in Bent Mountain which specialize in unique Virginia-style wines with a German influence. Others prefer Charlottesville which is home to several orchards and farms where you can enjoy apples, strawberries and peaches. Check out what is in season during your visit.

To help plan your next Virginia vacationFree Reprint Articles, you can use websites like www.FreeTravelBrochures.net. Here you can find free information from a collection of destinations. You can request brochures to be mailed to you. Many are available for instant download. And with the interactive magazine feature you can flip through the pages of travel publications and link directly to the websites for the locations that interest you.

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