The Commonwealth of Virginia is a popular destination for vacationers. From the beaches in the east to the mountains in the west, Virginia is filled with a variety of interesting sites for visitors to enjoy.
The capital city of Richmond is home to museums dedicated to history and art as well as a thriving live theatre and music schedule. Virginia’s largest city is Virginia Beach, which is a beach resort with three active military bases and military museums for visitors. Though there are no major professional sports teams located in Virginia, Washington D.C. is adjacent to Virginia and is home to the NFL’s Redskins, MLB’s Nationals, NBA’s Wizards and NHL’s Capitals.
Virginia is filled with historic sites including the birth places of eight presidents, numerous Revolutionary War sites and scores of Civil War sites. The colonial capital of Williamsburg is a living history site that provides visitors with a look into the daily life of those living in the colonial period. The first major battle of the American Civil War occurred near Manassas in eastern Virginia and Robert E. Lee surrendered his Army of Northern Virginia to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in western Virginia, which virtually ending the war. Other significant Civil War sites include Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and New Market. All of these historic sites are maintained by either the federal or state government and cater to tourists.
For those looking for a relaxing vacation in an outdoor setting, Virginia offers many acres of forest land open to public use. The mountainous area of western Virginia provides plenty of room for camping, kayaking, white-water rafting, hiking, fishing and other outdoor pursuits. The Chesapeake Bay, which runs through eastern Virginia, is home to world famous crab and a distinctive culture based around the fishing based economy.