What to See When You RV - Virginia Edition
The diverse state of Virginia is rich in history, colonial architecture, golden beaches, majestic mountains and a host of natural wonders. Eight U.S. presidents were elected from here, and it is home to more Civil War battlefields than any other state. Both the American Revolutionary War and the Civil War ended in Virginia. If it’s not on your bucket list for an RV adventure, add it right away.
Here are some highlights you won’t want to miss:
The shimmering coastline east of Norfolk features an old-fashioned boardwalk with countless amusements. An aquarium and marine science museum have hands-on exhibits for the kids. Explore the marshlands and aviary along the nature trail.
Visit the Caribbean-themed water park and two stately old lighthouses. The 20-mile Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel connecting the eastern shore to the mainland is also impressive. Enjoy sunset views over the Atlantic from your Class C motorhome or gas RV.
Williamsburg was the state capital from 1705 until the last battle of the American Revolution. The city’s historic buildings have been preserved or faithfully restored to reflect their 18th-century charm. It’s not hard to imagine George Washington, Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson going about their business on these very streets. You’ll see authentic reenactments of everyday life in those thrilling times. Visit the museums and several recreated gardens that are perfect duplicates of the originals.
Monticello and Mount Vernon
Monticello was modeled after an Italian villa that Jefferson was fond of. He designed the original and made additions and improvements for forty years. The family cemetery is behind the house, and the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center has hundreds of displays and activities for children.
Washington lived in Mount Vernon, a 21-room plantation home, for the 45 years leading up to his death. Many of the Washington family's personal belongings and portraits remain to this day. Enjoy sweeping views of the Potomac River.
Shenandoah National Park
Explore the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway in your motorhome with interesting stops including the Old Cave Cemetery at the foot of Dark Hollow Falls. The park is most famous for its breathtaking fall foliage, but the flowering trees in summer are beautiful too. The park is ideal for hikers and spelunkers. If you’ve always wanted to play the organ, do the next best thing at Luray Caverns; the stalactites imitate organ music when you strike them with a mallet.
Arlington National Cemetery
Pay your respects to John F. Kennedy, Civil Rights leader Medgar Evers, big band leader Glenn Miller and hundreds of other legendary veterans. The atmosphere of reverence at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is sure to give you cold chills. The Iwo Jima Memorial and the home of Gen. Robert E. Lee are other highlights of a meaningful day.
Much More to See
Here are some other popular destinations in Virginia:
Motorhomes and RUVs make for hassle-free, self-paced, affordable vacations. Take full advantage in Virginia.