Featured Destination: Virginia

Fall in Love with the Old Dominion State

The famous travel slogan, “Virginia is for Lovers,” pretty much sums up how everyone feels after encountering the state’s many great destinations and top attractions. In Virginia—wherever your travels take you—you’ll rediscover your inner romantic. Virginians help keep the romance alive with their devotion to preserving the past and protecting the stunningly beautiful surroundings. From coastline to mountaintop, Virginia holds on to its colorful past while creating new experiences to keep you coming back.

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The Main Attraction

When Thomas Jefferson made this city the state’s capital, it became the staging ground for history and culture.

Visit Richmond

Virginia Beach:
Take to the Boardwalk

Families have a blast in this lively city with its famous boardwalk, culture, entertainment and amazing beaches.

Visit Virginia Beach

Colonial Favorite

Step back in time with some of history’s greatest figures as you immerse yourself in Virginia’s former capital.

Visit Williamsburg

Eccentric Retreat

Tucked away in the Appalachians, this one-of-a-kind town is ready to give you the vacation of a lifetime.

Visit Wytheville

Storied Countryside

Rich with history, this town also offers a strong music, arts and cultural scene that makes it a top destination.

Visit Abingdon

Memories and Monuments

Just across the river from Washington, D.C., you’ll find history and outdoor fun for the whole family to enjoy.

Visit Alexandria

Escape to Slow Down

When you’re ready to get away from the busy life of nearby Richmond, head over to the peaceful countryside.

Visit Ashland

Little Hidden Treasure

You’ll have plenty to do in this intercoastal town where wildlife and city-dwellings co-exist in gentle harmony.

Visit Chesapeake

Blocked Out in History

Tour 40-square-blocks dedicated to important moments in U.S. history from the Revolutionary to the Civil Wars.

Visit Fredericksburg

Vessel of the Chesapeake

Perched along the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, this town is known for it is whale-watching and naval history.

Visit Norfolk

A Start is Born

Follow the city’s illuminated star to discover this busy getaway in the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains.

Visit Roanoke

Small Town, Big History

On the Roanoke River is where to find this hub of museums, mountain music, historic battlefields and breweries.

Visit Salem

Historic Orchards

Take a bite out of colonial history in the tree-lined wonderland known as the Apple Capital of the World.

Visit Winchester

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Things to do in Virginia

Life’s a (Virginia) Beach

Start at the coastline, the same one that the first settlers saw upon arriving in the New World. A stone cross marks the spot on Virginia Beach, but today this resort town also beckons visitors to enjoy more modern-day entertainment along the miles of golden sandy beach, amusement parks and boardwalk.

Capital of the Times

In Richmond, the state capital, the nation’s past and present collide. Among towering skyscrapers and technology headquarters, you’ll find a capitol building that was designed by Jefferson in the 18th century, along with beautifully maintained plantation mansions and antebellum homes of the era. When the Civil War broke out, Richmond became the capital of the South—the White House of the Confederacy stands today as an impressive museum with hundreds of artifacts.

Natural Beauty

Road trippers love Virginia, too—especially the Blue Ridge Parkway, known as “America’s Favorite Drive.” Start on the Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park for incredible views of the river below, and remember to get out of the car once in a while to see Virginia’s outdoor attractions up close. Surrounded by Virginia’s soft, rolling mountain range, tree-packed forests and hazy blue skies, you’ll soon understand why Virginia is for outdoor lovers, too.

Virginia Hotels

When everyone around you is in love with Virginia, it’s easy to get in on the sentiment. Now that you’re ready to see the sights and meet your match, check out Choice Hotels in Virginia for great rates, rewards and travel-essential amenities.