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They say Virginia is for lovers – lovers of fine food, of excellent wine, of white sandy beaches, of history, and of rugged outdoor adventures. The great state of Virginia has been luring visitors to her shores for over two centuries, and with everything there is to offer, there’s every reason to expect a perfect vacation. Whatever you’re looking for in a relaxing escape, Virginia has it just waiting for you at the end of the road.
Virginia Beach is the kickoff point for this trip, but there’s so much to do here that it might get the rest of the drive off to a later start than expected. Not only are there miles of sandy shoreline and warm ocean water to enthrall you, there’s a 300-foot long boardwalk with shops and vendors to keep you well entertained. Away from the beach itself, there’s the Mariners’ Museum, dedicated to showcasing seafaring life and its contribution to our country’s discovery and colonization. For the Civil War aficionado, the USS Monitor Center at the museum is the most popular and highest-rated Civil war exhibit in the country. There are wildlife sanctuaries that attract birdwatchers and nature lovers, and it’s not difficult to spot dolphins as they play just off the coastline.
Norfolk is a quick 18-mile drive on the westbound I-264, and for those looking for some culture, you’re in luck. The Chrysler Museum of Art displays paintings and sculpture from the classic and modern styles, and the Chrysler Hall is the leading concert and theater venue in the area, and the Harrison Opera House provides the opera lover with the chance to enjoy some truly brilliant performances. Among its many attractions, Norfolk’s waterfront district hosts the Waterside Festival Marketplace, the American Rover tall ship tour, and the MacArthur Memorial. History and culture are two of Norfolk’s main attractions for the visitor.
Williamsburg is a westward drive down 36 miles of the I-64, and is a target destination for travelers from all over the U.S. In addition to providing ample opportunities for hunting and fishing along the James and York rivers, Colonial Williamsburg is the most popular tourist attraction in all of Virginia. Several of the original 17th century buildings remain, and provide visitors with a prime example of life during Colonial times. For the history buff, Colonial Williamsburg is a definite don’t-miss destination.
Urbanna, the final destination for this road trip through Virginia, is 35 miles east of Williamsburg and is best reached via an 11-mile drive on the westbound I-64, at which point you’ll take the eastbound VA-33 for 22 miles. Take the VA-17-E the remaining 2 miles into Urbanna, one of the oldest towns in America. Now it’s time to kick off your shoes and hit the beach! There are miles of the sandy stuff to be enjoyed, and if you plan your trip in early November, you can eat your fill of oysters at the Urbanna Oyster Festival. Bring your appetite, because they’re prepared every way you can imagine and probably a few ways you never heard of.
Virginia is definitely for lovers – lovers of fun!
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