Virginia Travel Guide

Virginia Travel Guide

Virginia is one of the original thirteen British colonies of the USA. It is in the south of the USA and bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the east and Appalachian mountains on the west. The states that border Virginia are Maryland, West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, and the District of Colombia. This beautiful state is also the twelfth most populated state in the USA.

Virginia Official Language(s) English
Virginia Spoken Language(s) English 94.6%, Spanish 5.9%
Virginia Demonym Virginian
Virginia Capital Richmond
Virginia Largest City Virginia Beach
Virginia Largest Metro Area Northern Virginia
Virginia Area  Ranked 35th in the US
 - Total 42,774.2 sq mi
(110,785.67 km2)
 - Width 200 miles (320 km)
 - Length 430 miles (690 km)
 - % water 7.4
 - Latitude 36° 32′ N to 39° 28′ N
 - Longitude 75° 15′ W to 83° 41′ W
Virginia Population  Ranked 12th in the US
 - Total 7,882,590 (2009 est.)
- Density 193/sq mi  (75/km2)
Ranked 14th in the US
 - Median Income  $61,044 (8th)
Virginia Elevation  
 - Highest Point Mount Rogers
5,729 ft  (1,747 m)
 - Mean 950 ft  (290 m)
 - Lowest Point Atlantic Ocean
0 ft  (0 m)
Virginia Before Statehood Colony of Virginia
Virginia Admission to Union  June 25, 1788 (10th)
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R)
Virginia Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling (R)
Virginia Legislature General Assembly
 - Upper House Senate
 - Lower House House of Delegates
U.S. Senators Jim Webb (D)
Mark Warner (D)
U.S. House Delegation 6 Democrats,
5 Republicans
Virginia Time Sone Eastern: UTC−5/−4
Virginia Abbreviations VA US-VA
Virginia Website

More about Virginia

If you are a lover of history and scenic beauty, you will fall in love with this place. Virginia has it all. Drive through the trails to have a glimpse of the hundreds of Civil War sites. The numerous memorials, monuments, small colonial cities complemented with hundreds of historic sites make Virginia the land of history. Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown are known as the Historic Triangle. If you want to have a feel of Colonial Virginia, you have to visit Charlottesville and Fredericksburg. However, it is not only the multitudes of historical sites that Virginia can boast of. It is lot more than that. There are a lot of recreational activities for you and the summer beaches that give you a complete scope of unwinding and spending time with yourself. You have lots of scope for fishing, swimming, boating and sailing in the Chesapeake Bay. What’s more, this state has more than 100 wineries. Go for a wine-tasting tour over there and enjoy the fun!

Things to See and Do

Here are list of the must-visit places-

  • The Richmond Zoo which is in the Chesterfield County houses more than 600 animals in a natural habitat.

  • The Virginia Beach and the Virginia Beach Oceanfront Waterpark, and Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science.

  • The sister islands of Assateague and Chincoteague are also a superb place to hang out.

  • Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the largest living history museum in the world

  • In Virginia Living Museum find an aquarium, a botanical preserve, a planetarium and a wildlife park all in one place.

  • Mount Trashmore is made of trash and surrounded by lakes. It has  skateboard park, lakes, wildlife, and much more

  • Ocean Breeze Waterpark with 16 waterslides and a one million-gallon wave pool - Runaway Bay - is a perfect place to enjoy especially if you are with your children.

  • Motor World is a go-kart complex, with 11 tracks and 250 karts in 16 styles. The theme park is Shipwreck Golf.

  • Town Center Park with hotels, shopping arcades, services, entertainment and events is the place for a perfect relaxed evening. You cannot ask for anything more.

Some of the lesser known places but not less interesting ones are:

  • Colonial Williamsburg which was the first colonial capital of Virginia. It is now a restored colonial town.

  • Mount Vernon 

  • Jamestown Colony, which was the first European colony. You can have an exquisite feel of the 17th century there.

  • The Natural Bridge