With some of the country’s most picturesque countryside and coastline to match, Virginia is the outdoor enthusiast’s dream come true. See some of our favorite spots to hike, sightsee, drink and unwind in the Commonwealth.
Upper James River Water Trail
Sometimes Virginia’s iconic countryside is best seen from the water. Float down 45 miles of the Upper James River for the state’s best canoeing, kayaking and fishing. It’s the stuff dreams — and countless landscape paintings — are made of.
Chesapeake Bay Arboretum
Meander through the Chesapeake Bay Arboretum’s 48 acres for a glimpse back into simpler — and wilder — times. Explore the hardwood forest trails, visit the farmhouse (built in 1730!) and don’t forget a picnic.
With three postcard-worthy beaches, couples and families have miles of sand and boardwalk to choose from. Laying out not your thing? Rent a bike or kayak! Bonus: Seafood as far as the eye can see (and the mouth can eat).
The Appalachian Trail
Right outside of Winchester is the famed Appalachian Trail, where hiking, biking and fishing span across 14 states. Summit Hawksbill Mountain to take in an overwhelmingly beautiful view of the Shenandoah Valley below.
Chesapeake Bay Sailing
Tour Downtown Norfolk’s waterfront the right way — on a sailboat. See Town Point Park, Fort Norfolk, Harbour Park and Battleship Wisconsin while drifting across the Elizabeth River and Hampton Roads Harbor.
Virginia Wine Trails
You’ve got more than 200 wineries to choose from; where will you go? Pick a wine trail and be sure to sample its Cabernet Francs and Viogniers, which are constantly at the top of tasting awards. We love Barboursville Vineyards, Early Mountain Vineyards, Valhalla Vineyards and Ankida Ridge Vineyards.
Babcock State Park
Travel just 90 minutes southeast of Charleston to Babcock State Park’s Grist Mill, which churns out fresh cornmeal and pays homage to the more than 500 mills across West Virginia in the early 20th century.