With its unique blend of natural beauty, important US history, and charming cities, Virginia has emerged as a top destination for US travelers. However, if you step outside well-known hamlets like Alexandria, there are plenty of Virginia destinations that are perfect for tourists yet have stayed relatively undiscovered.
Take your family with you and visit one of these charming Virginia towns today!
Right on the northeastern tip of the state, Norfolk mixes coastal beauty and a fascinating naval history to lure travelers of all types, from nature lovers and history buffs to families. Stroll along the Norfolk Botanical Garden and explore the massive USS Wisconsin. If you’re traveling with children, the whole family will love Virginia Zoo. Book one of the top quality yet affordable Norfolk hotels and explore this undiscovered city soon. If you want a room with a view, be sure to check out the Norfolk Waterside Marriott.
Enjoy a weekend of all-American family beach fun at Virginia Beach, in one of the many budget seaside Virginia Beach hotels. Take a walk down the boardwalk to explore the city’s shops, cafes and restaurants, or immerse yourself in the local nature at First Landing State Park. Check the area’s concert schedule and catch a show at Neptune’s Park if you can, or if you want something more low-key, enjoy one of the many heritage tours to discover a little more about colonial US history.
Richmond is best known for its Civil War history, but it offers plenty of options for travelers of all types, from a bustling downtown neighborhood with bars and restaurants or the beautiful Maymont Gardens. If you’re planning a trip here try to book one of the bed and breakfasts in the Historic District, or one of the many top-quality Richmond hotels such as the Commonwealth Park Suites Hotel Richmond, which gives you a great value for your money.
Are you a foodie looking for fresh seafood treats? Can’t get enough of water sports? No matter what your likes and hobbies, you will find what you are looking for at Newport News. This small but active city gets especially lively during the summer, with live concerts and restaurants with fresh seafood with tables right on the sea; if you go, one of the best must-see attractions in the area is The Mariners’ Museum & Park. Best of all, Newport News hotels are some of the most affordable in Virginia for the amenities they offer.
If you want a quiet, small-town feel but also want to stay close to Washington D.C. to explore our nation’s capital, book a stay in Sterling, Virginia. Tour US national monuments during the day, such as the National Mall, the White House, and the Lincoln Monument, then retire to Sterling for a round of golf in a calming, natural setting like Algonkian Regional Park. Best of all, if you’re traveling on a budget, Sterling hotels are much more affordable than their D.C. neighbors. This is a quaint Virginia town worth checking out!
Photo by Alonzo Williams.