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.

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.

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

Occasional signs read CROOKED ROAD, referring to the many historic bluegrass and country music sights that dot this lonely road, most famously the Carter Family Fold, a music center run by the dynasty that produces June Carter, wife of Johnny Cash.

Visit the grand plantation home of George Washington's sister Betty, just across the Rappahannock River from Ferry Farms, Washington's boyhood home. (One $11 ticket lets you visit both sites.)

Chosen by Food & Wine as one of the nation’s top five wine schools, this nonprofit organization provides 

Cross Country International, which plans deluxe horseback adventures in Ireland, Peru, and beyond, recently introduced its first trip in Virginia: the three- to four-day Hunt Country Trail Ride.

Chrysalis Vineyards, located outside Washington, D.C. near Middleburg, Va., encompasses 71 acres on which 20 grape varieties are grown. Production focuses on the Norton, a grape native to Virginia, as well as an assortment of Spanish and French varietals.

Sustainability guru Joel Salatin leads Intensive Discovery Seminars—where you’ll learn about raising poultry and eco-friendly farming.

Floyd might have a lunch counter, but it’s best known for its music: Friday nights at the Floyd Country Store, a “jamboree” of bluegrass starts at 6:30 and ends around 10:30. The performers are mostly up-and-comers from the surrounding hills.

Take a guided wildlife tour on a canopied boat to see the island’s famous wild ponies—and even dolphins and bald eagles.

PX

Artful cocktails designed by expert mixologist Todd Thrasher are PX’s hallmark, like Gimme S’More (chocolaty brown and swirled white, torched on the edges like meringue) and the clear-amber Smoker’s Delight (bourbon, Virginia honey, and lemon juice with a bit of Old Virginia tobacco infusion).

A dimly lit college watering hole.

A hive of shops perfect for supplying a picnic basket.