Virginia is home to the longest continuous natural cave system in the United States, Luray Caverns, with stunning underground formations and a Great Stalacpipe Organ.
Virginia is a state in the South of the United States of America. The state was one of the original thirteen British colonies and is the twelfth most populated state in the USA. Bordered on the east by the Atlantic Ocean, and the west by the Appalachian mountains, with expanses of farmland in between, Virginia has much to offer history buffs and lovers of scenic landscapes. Virginia's three largest cities are Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Chesapeake. Virginia is bordered by the states of Maryland, West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, and the District of Colombia.
Colonial Williamsburg is the private foundation representing the historic district of the city of Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. It includes buildings dating from 1699 to 1780 which made colonial Virginia's capital. The capital straddled the boundary of the original shires of Virginia — James City Shire, and Charles River Shire. For most of the 18th century, Williamsburg was the center of government, education and culture in the Colony of Virginia.
Shenandoah National Park in Virginia is a nature lover's paradise, boasting breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, cascading waterfalls, and abundant wildlife. Visitors can hike the famous Appalachian Trail, go camping, or take a scenic drive along the Skyline Drive. The park also offers opportunities for birdwatching, fishing, and stargazing. Don't miss the chance to explore the historic cabins and museums that offer a glimpse into the area's rich cultural heritage. From the stunning vistas to the endless outdoor adventures, Shenandoah National Park is a must-visit destination for any nature enthusiast.
Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia, is a military cemetery in the United States of America, established during the American Civil War on the grounds of Arlington House, formerly the estate of the family of Confederate general Robert E. Lee's wife Mary Anna (Custis) Lee, a great grand-daughter of Martha Washington. The cemetery is situated directly across the Potomac River from the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. , and near The Pentagon.
Luray Caverns, originally called Luray Cave, is a large, celebrated commercial cave just west of Luray, Virginia, USA, which has drawn many visitors since its discovery in 1878. The underground cavern system is generously adorned with speleothems. The caverns are perhaps best known for the Great Stalacpipe Organ, a lithophone made from solenoid fired strikers that tap stalactites of various sizes to produce tones similar to those of xylophones, tuning forks, or bells.
Monticello is a historical site just outside Charlottesville, Virginia, United States. It was the estate of Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the United States Declaration of Independence, third President of the United States, and founder of the University of Virginia. The house, which Jefferson himself designed, was based on the neoclassical principles described in the books of the Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio.
Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA is a theme park located in James City County, Virginia about 3 miles (5 km) southeast of Williamsburg. It opened on May 16, 1975, adjacent to the local Anheuser-Busch brewery and other-related AB developments including the Kingsmill Resort complex. The park is themed around the history and culture of old-world Europe. It is owned by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, a division of The Blackstone Group.
The Blue Ridge Mountains are a physiographic province of the larger Appalachian Mountains range. This province consists of northern and southern physiographic regions, which divide near the Roanoke River gap. The mountain range is located in the eastern United States, starting at its southern-most portion in Georgia, then ending northward in Pennsylvania.
Skyline Drive is a 105-mile (169-km) road that runs the entire length of the National Park Service's Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, generally along the ridge of the mountains. The scenic drive is particularly popular in the fall when the leaves are changing colors. Annually, over two million people visit the Skyline Drive, which has been designated a National Scenic Byway.
Festivals and Events
Virginia Holocaust Museum
The Virginia Holocaust Museum is a Virginia museum dedicated to depicting the Holocaust as experienced by its victims. A main part of the exhibition is about the family story of Holocaust survivor Jay M. Ipson.
The National Museum of the Marine Corps
The National Museum of the Marine Corps is the new historical museum of the United States Marine Corps. It is located in Quantico, Virginia and is free to the public. The museum had its grand opening on November 10, 2006 and is now the number one tourist attraction in Virginia, drawing over 500,000 people annually. On the day it was opened, President George W. Bush came to give a dedication and to also present the family of fallen Marine Jason Dunham the Medal of Honor.