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Virginia is a stunning vacation destination, with an impressively diverse selection of activities. Whether you're looking for a laid-back day on the beach or a wild week of thrills, you'll find what you're after. The state has so much to do that you'll want to settle in to a vacation rental for more than just a weekend. Make time for an extended stay to really see what Virginia is all about.
Sand and Surf in Virginia
Virginia's coastal location makes it a prime pick for east coast beach rentals. Virginia Beach is naturally one of the best-known options, with its five miles of sand and three-mile boardwalk. This popular tourist destination is packed with options just inland as well, including a science museum, aquarium, and botanical garden. Along the southern end, Sandbridge Beach is liberally lined with vacation rentals for a secluded escape from the bustle of the boardwalk.
Virginia's Eastern Shore is another prime pick, accessible via the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, which is a worthwhile sight itself. Cape Charles Beach is ideal for small children, with its calm shallow waters. If you have eyes for the skies, try Kiptopeke State Park, a popular haven for migratory birds.
Virginia has a rich history as the birthplace of eight presidents, site of numerous Civil War battles, and home of the largest living history in the museum in the world. If you really want to step back in time and experience the Virginia of centuries past, there's no better option than Colonial Williamsburg. Meet historic reenactors, take quaint carriage rides or participate in a haunting ghost walk.
Head to the Historic Jamestown settlement and board replicas of the ships that brought settlers here from England or explore a recreated Powhatan village and colonists' fort. The 600 acres of Arlington National Cemetery include dozens of historic gravesites including famous explorers, presidents, political figures, and more.
If you're looking for thrills, snag a vacation rental near one of Virginia's two major theme parks. The Busch Gardens Williamsburg theme park is a daredevil's heaven with half a dozen roller coasters, two of which rank in the top 25 worldwide. Kings Dominion spans 400 acres and features 16 roller coasters. If you're looking for a wild ride, you can take on everything from the 144-foot drop of Anaconda to the five inversions on the Dominator.
Virginia's natural splendor isn't confined to its coastline. The Shenandoah National Park in Shenandoah Valley contains the state's segment of the Appalachian Trail. The park's Skyline Drive takes you into the mountains for stunning views of the valley. Luray Caverns offers an extensive cave system you can explore. Great Falls Park in northern Virginia sits along the Potomac River and features a series of falls visible from three overlooks. You can enjoy several outdoor activities here, including climbing, hiking, biking, fishing, and whitewater boating.
Virginia vacation rentals can offer everything from a home in the heart of the city to a charming coastal retreat. Pick the locale that suits your style and get ready for an unforgettable escape.