Virginia

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.

Park and walk this 1.8-mile round trip path, a wildlife-rich hike with educational signs along the way.

Slumber in good conscience at the certified-green B&B, tucked in the hills near Floyd. The homey farmhouse has views of the garden and the rolling landscape beyond.

The just-opened Mountfair Vineyards focuses on small-batch, Bordeaux-style blends.

Located on the Potomac River, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is an expansive complex comprised of the Alexandria Archeology Museum, six art galleries, innumerable art studios, and two workshops.

The shop spikes its ganache bonbons with ancho chile and candied ginger.

The red-roofed log-cabin store sits on the crest of a steep hill. Its porch (in the Fall) is strewn with pumpkins and features a cider press. Elsewhere on the property apple butter boils in a copper kettle hung over a wood fire.

The winery makes a jammy Petit Verdot.

The music scene was fertile here B.D.M.B.—that is, before the Dave Matthews Band, which formed in Charlottesville in the early 1990s. These days, alternative rock, country, and reggae acts—as well as, of course, jam bands—get crowds moving at the Charlottesville Pavilion.

Mount Vernon, built in 1757 on the Potomac River, served as the home of George Washington for more than four decades. A portion of the original estate has been preserved for public tours, which includes the mansion and the gravesites of George and Martha Washington.

The Warehouse District shop sells flirty silk tops and Frye boots.

While the masses descend on the North Carolina portion of the famed 469-mile-long parkway, those in the know head to this 121-mile portion from Waynesboro to Roanoke.

Take ahalf-day ride to 2,310-foot Kennedy Peak, overlooking other Blue Ridge peaks to the east. The excursion comes with a brown-bag lunch.