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Help - Where do we start?

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Help - Where do we start?

My husband and I are planning to visit Virginia in the Spring. We will have around 12 days there driving down from Washington. Being from the UK we'd like to see as much as possible but we don't know where to start. Obviously we'd like to take in some history and a look around picturesque towns. However we also enjoy the great outdoors and wish to do some walking and cycling. I'd know I'd like to see the Blue Ridge Mountains but want to see some beaches too. Any ideas at all would be brilliant as well as any suggestions for cosy B & B's.

Thanks in anticipation!

Edited: 13 January 2011, 20:50
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1. Re: Help - Where do we start?

I'd start out by looking at the official Virginia tourism website, www.virginia.org. There's a lot of information online,and you can also order a copy of the 2011 Travel Guide and a Virginia map.

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2. Re: Help - Where do we start?

For b&bs check out www.bbonline.com and http://www.va-guesthouses.com/index.php

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3. Re: Help - Where do we start?

I agree with longhorn74, the www.virginia.org site is an excellent reference. Consider these areas for your trip:

Shenandoah National Park, beautiful road (Skyline Drive), many great trails including 100+ miles of The Appalachian Trail. Fairly easy access to several interesting towns ie. Luray (caverns), Charlottesville (Monticello) and more.

Blue Ridge Parkway, more beautiful road, trails, and towns

Cycling:

New River Trail State Park between Pulaski and Galax (nice hike too)

Virginia Creeper Trail between White Top and Abingdon (Abingdon is a beautiful small town)

While near Galax enjoy Virginia music on the Crooked Road at Rex Theater or in Floyd Va where the Country Store and all along the main street has live music on Friday night, it's a unique experience.

Bedford Va, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway has the National D-Day Memorial, marvelous memorial on a par with those in DC

Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown; history, unique sites

Virginia Beach; beach, nice boardwalk, too cool in April for a dip but nice weather is not unusual for enjoying walking/biking along the boardwalk or in nearby First Landing State Park, Cape Henry Lighthouse(s) nearby also.

Check some of the Virginia forums for discussions and read reviews for attractions.

Hope this helps, post again if you have specific questions.

Edited: 13 January 2011, 23:41
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4. Re: Help - Where do we start?

Winchester, VA is a great city to visit.

Hampton Inn @ 1655 Apple Blossom Drive, Winchester, VA 540 - 667 - 8011.

www.hamptoninn.com/en/hp/hotels/index.jhtml…

Clifton Inn in Charlottesville is a great place to stay.

Clifton Inn @ 1296 Clifton Inn Drive, Charlottesville, VA 434 - 971 - 1800.

http://www.cliftoninn.net/

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5. Re: Help - Where do we start?

See http://www.history.com and http://www.historyisfun.org

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6. Re: Help - Where do we start?

Thank you very much!

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7. Re: Help - Where do we start?

Many thanks!

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8. Re: Help - Where do we start?

Thank you I have added Winchester to the list!

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9. Re: Help - Where do we start?

Thank you for this. I'll follow through on your recommendations and get back to you if that's ok if there is anything else I need to ask.

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