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One of the oldest states in the country, Virginia has often been referred to as the “Mother of Presidents.” No fewer than eight American presidents were born there. Whether you are an American history buff or are simply looking for an outdoor adventure, Virginia has plenty of bucket list attractions to meet your needs.

10. Blue Seafood & Spirits

Blue Seafood & Spirits(image via Facebook)

Virginia Beach

As the name would suggest, Blue Seafood & Spirits is well-known for its dishes involving crab, shrimp, and many other saltwater catches. An exclusive restaurant, Blue only seats 60 people at a time, so be sure to make a reservation ahead of time. The crab cakes can’t be beat.

9. George Washington’s Mount Vernon

George Washington's Mount Vernon

The plantation house of George Washington, Mount Vernon, remains a getaway for sitting U.S. Presidents. Though it was damaged during the Civil War, the estate has since been restored and is a popular attraction for any visitors interested in American history.

8. Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello


Built in 1772, Monticello was the primary residence and plantation of President Thomas Jefferson. The house remains the same as it did when it was first built, celebrating the neoclassical ideals of the Italian Renaissance. Thomas Jefferson is actually buried on the estate grounds.

7. Have Ice Cream at Doumar’s

Have Ice Cream at Doumar's(image via Facebook)


Doumar’s is named for founder Abe Doumar, who is regarded by many to have created the first ice cream cone. It’s probably safe to say they know what they’re doing. Serving up sundaes and milkshakes, the diner boasts an old-fashioned feel, which adds to its endearing charm.

6. Virginia Beach Boardwalk

Virginia Beach Boardwalk

Virginia Beach

Stretching along three miles of the Atlantic Ocean coastline, the Virginia Beach Boardwalk has something for everyone. The path is lined with nautical-themed statues, including one of King Neptune standing 24 feet high. Enjoy the laid-back beach atmosphere as you lounge around the shops and restaurants.

5. Maymont Park

Maymont Park


Major James H. Dooley and his wife built this lavish Victorian estate in 1893. Today, it serves as a public park and historical museum. Many visitors love the Japanese Garden, which includes a waterfall and koi pond. It’s not hard to see why Maymont Park sees over half a million visitors each year.

4. Irvington Farmers’ Market

Irvington Farmers' Market(image via Facebook)

With over 100 vendors from the area, you are sure to find something you can’t live without. The Irvington Farmers’ Market features produce, bread, cheese, crafts, and all sorts of other things. Be sure to plan your visit in advance, as the market is only open on Sundays from June through November.

3. The Historic Triangle

The Historic Triangle(image via Flickr)

Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, and Yorktown

Steeped in American history, the Historic Triangle is comprised of three colonial towns: Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, and Yorktown. The roadway between the communities is lined with attractions, such as the Williamsburg Winery, Busch Gardens, and the Williamsburg Pottery Factory.

2. Hull’s Drive-In

Hull's Drive-In


The nation’s first nonprofit drive-in movie theater, Hull’s in Lexington has been entertaining audiences since it opened in 1950. During the warmer months, guests line up every weekend to see current blockbusters and classic favorites. TripAdvisor has consistently named Hull’s as one of the top drive-in theaters in the nation.

1. Luray Caverns

Luray Caverns(image via Flickr)


Since it was discovered in 1878, Luray Caverns has drawn visitors from all over the world to see its tunnels and intriguing rock formations. One of the most famous formations is the Great Stalacpipe Organ, which mimics the sounds of musical notes as water droplets fall upon it.



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