There is an exciting vacation waiting for everyone in Virginia…from those adventurous, carefree souls that love to wander and explore the outdoors to the overstressed parents looking to relax in luxury with some excellent food and wine. Not sure what type of vacation suits your interests? Here are 10 amazing getaway ideas that let you discover the wonders of Virginia on your next vacation.
—FOR THE MOUNTAIN LOVERS—
Where to Travel: Mount Rogers in Grayson Highlands State Park
Mount Rogers is the highest point in Virginia at 5,729 feet, and hiking to this rugged spot inside Grayson Highlands State Park offers pristine views of the lands below. You’ll find a bit of everything in this park when it comes to landscape, including rare spruce-fir forests, wide open meadows, and rocky summits with stunning views. Numerous park campgrounds allow for an overnight stay, and hiking, biking, and horseback riding are just a few of the activities available to visitors. If you’re looking for iconic hiking opportunities, the Appalachian Trail runs through Grayson Highlands State Park, providing the chance to tackle a short section hike on your vacation. Biking enthusiasts can head to the nearby Virginia Creeper Trail for a descending ride on 34 miles of trail that even a beginner will enjoy. The park is both family and pet-friendly, and kids are sure to love the wild ponies (although touching or feeding the ponies is not permitted).
—FOR THE OUTDOOR LOVERS—
Where to Travel: Shenandoah National Park
Known as one of the most breathtaking National Parks in the country, Shenandoah National Park is a can’t-miss destination for outdoor lovers. Roll down the windows as your cruise down Skyline Drive and plan to take breaks at a few of the 75 the scenic overlooks to get unbelievable vantage points right off the road. Within the park, there are more than 500 miles of trails for hiking enthusiasts, including about 100 miles of the storied Appalachian Trail. Take on the trail to Hawksbill Summit, a 2.2 mile hike that ends in a nearly 360 degree view of the picturesque Shenandoah Valley. Like Grayson Highlands, Shenandoah National Park has plenty of camping and horseback riding opportunities to round out your picture-perfect outdoor Virginia getaway.
—FOR THE WINE LOVERS—
Where to Travel: Early Mountain Vineyards in Madison
Get a taste of Virginia’s award-winning wines at Early Mountain Vineyards, part of the Monticello Wine Trail in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The winery features a full service restaurant in the tasting room, with local food and artisanal products available to pair with the wines, or you can pack a picnic to bring along and eat on the winery’s charming grounds. In addition to offering tastings of their own wines, they have a “Best of Virginia” program that lets …read more