[11 July 2014 Last updated at 09:53]

Best Places to Visit in Virginia

Best Places to Visit in Virginia
Luray Caverns

Luray Caverns are one of the best places to visit in Virginia as you can enjoy a tour inside the caverns to see the amazing natural rock formations, and the amazing organ pipe that play sounds by striking the stalactites.

Besides exploring the Luray Caverns, you can also visit other attraction part of the caverns such as the Garden Maze, and the Car and Carriage Caravan Museum where you can see vintage Bugatti and Rolls Royce. After visiting Luray Caverns, you can also visit other nearby attractions such as:

-the Luray Valley Museum: is a treasure-house where you can learn about life in the Shenandoah Valley, and see interesting 1800’s artifacts such as Civil War uniforms and weapons.

-Luray Singing Tower (Belle Brown Northcott Memorial): is a nice place where you can listen to regular free recitals.

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello is located about 20 minutes drive south of Charlottesville and it’s another of the best places to visit in Virginia.
Charlottesville Virginia Historic Estate
Monticello is one of the most historic plantations in the US and it’s a true living museum as Monticello was the place where Thomas Jefferson wrote the “Declaration of Independence”. You can tour the house, the grounds, the underground tunnel, as well as Monticello graveyard.

Mount Vernon Estate

Mount Vernon Estate is another plantation home that you can’t miss visiting in Virginia as it was the former home of first US President George Washington. Mount Vernon Estate is located a short drive from Alexandria and Washington DC, and it’s definitely one of the best places to visit in Virginia as it’s simply a spectacular sight!

You can enjoy glorious views from the Estate’s veranda, as well as enjoy an interesting tour of the estate that includes seeing a short-film on George Washington. Besides the regular tour, you can also book the National Treasure Tour at Mount Vernon which gives you a behind the scenes insight on the film “National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets”.

Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park is without a doubt one of the best places to visit in Virginia for an outdoors experience. The park boasts many stunning overlooks and lots of walking trails with lovely views of waterfalls and wildlife.

Besides hiking, you can also enjoy scenic drives along the Shenandoah's wonderful Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway to take in the real beauty of Shenandoah Park, as well as spotting wildlife such as bears and deer.

Loudoun County

If you love wine tasting, Loudoun County is no doubt one of the best places to visit in Virginia to enjoy a winery tour. Loudoun County is Virginia’s wine country and it’s filled with lovely wineries where you can learn wine making techniques and sample the finest wine of the region.

There are dozens of wineries and visiting them on an organized tour such as the ones offered by “Virginia Wine Tour” is one of the best ways to get a taste of Loudon County’s world-class wineries. however, if you’d rather explore the region independently, a few wineries and vineyards worth passing by include Doukenie Winery, Bluemont Vineyards, and Notaviva Vineyards.

Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area

Williamsburg is without a doubt one of the best places to visit in Virginia because of Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area. If you’re a history buff and are traveling with the family, you’ll absolutely enjoy exploring this historic district as kids will get a chance to dress up in colonial costumes.
Places to visit in Williamsburg
From the visitor’s center, you’ll also be able to book guided tours of the restored homes, as well as buying tickets for especial events and evening programs such as revolutionary war music reenactments, “Order in the Court” and "Orientation Walk” where you get to learn about the restoration of Williamsburg.

Virginia Beach

If you’re looking for a vacation spot this summer, Virginia Beach is no doubt, one of the best places to visit in Virginia for a beach vacation.
Best Beaches on East Coast
Virginia Beach boasts one of the top beaches in Virginia, and with so many hotel resorts and condos to rent you’ll be spoiled for choice. There are lots to do besides the beach such as eating and shopping at one of the many eateries and shops along Virginia Beach Boardwalk.