Virginia stretches from the Chesapeake Bay to the Appalachian Mountains, with a long Atlantic coastline. It’s one of the 13 original colonies, with historic landmarks including Monticello, founding father Thomas Jefferson’s iconic Charlottesville plantation. The Jamestown Settlement and Colonial Williamsburg are living-history museums reenacting Colonial and Revolutionary-era life. It is the birthplace of eight U.S. presidents.
Scenic roadways like the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive show off the state’s stunning natural beauty in Virginia’s mountains, while off-season travel along Virginia’s beaches offer coastal views where migrating fowl are the only crowd you’ll find. The weather is ideal for experiencing live music and events in lush surroundings. Outdoor lovers can hike, paddle, and bike through fifteen million acres of vibrant fall foliage and families can enjoy apple picking, harvest festivals, corn mazes and hay rides through pumpkin patches. Wine makers celebrate October Virginia Wine Month at more than 285 wineries statewide and waterman celebrate the Virginia’s eight distinct oyster regions during November Virginia Oyster Month.