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Things to do in Virginia

There is never a shortage of things to do in Virginia. From tours of Presidential homes and battle sites, to shopping, spas and skiing: Virginia has it all. Visit colonial Williamsburg, and afterward head to Busch Gardens for great rides, animal shows and concerts.

For the horse lover there are so many things to do in Virginia. Visit Virginia in the fall to see the steeplechases races at Glenwood Park. Held in October, fans of horse racing will love visiting the oldest continually run racetrack in the country. Spectators can also watch a mock fox hunt being performed, as well as other races. During the month of October, visitors can also see the Gold Cup weekend races, which are held in Virginia’s horse country every weekend.

If you’re wondering what to do in Virginia visit the historic battlefield of Manassas. Reenactments are conducted annually at these sights, for times and schedules check the event calendars. The University of Virginia, in the gorgeous city of Charlottesville is a monument to learning designed and built by Thomas Jefferson. After visiting the university take a stroll around the beautiful grounds of Monticello, Jefferson’s historic home. Read this guide for a taste of what to do in Virginia.

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