The Pilgrims may have landed at Plymouth, but the first Colony that eventually became the United States was Virginia. Home to mountains, dense beautiful forests, cities, farm country, and some of the countries best beaches, there’s a scratch for every itch in the Mother of States.
The rich history alone is enough to make you want to lose yourself for a few days, but that’s not all this amazing state has to offer. You may need a 4 wheel drive truck or SUV to reach all of its splendor but one thing is for certain, you won’t be disappointed.
The Eastern Shore
Virginia boasts one of the longest continuous pleasure beach coastlines in the country. Chances are you’ve heard of Virginia beach before but there’s a lot more to the eastern shore. You might want to spend a day or two exploring the boardwalks at Virginia Beach but don’t neglect places like Chincoteague Island or the other beach communities along Route 13. The coastline has 35 miles of public pleasure beaches to explore, and they’re all absolutely beautiful.
Running through Shenandoah national park, this scenic drive is 106 miles of mountains majesty. There are 75 scenic overlooks. For some of the best views check out Hogback overlook which give a pristine view of the Shenandoah River, and Hazel Mountain which gives views of pioneer settlements from the colonial days, and some of the best Smoky Mountain horizons imaginable. If you are particularly adventurous you can even extend the trip by getting on the blue ridge parkway which goes into Smoky Mountain National Park.
The Route 211 Wine Trail
Napa Valley is almost synonymous with American wine, but California doesn’t hold a monopoly on vineyards. East Coast wineries dot the landscape from Maine down through Delaware and Northwest Virginia is a hotspot for wine lovers. The mountain air, and fine French cuisine pair amazingly well with delicate robust selections from the many vineyards along route 211
Virginia isn’t called the mother of presidents for anything. More U.S. presidents have called Virginia they’re home than any other state. Start at Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington, then make your way down to Fredericksburg (Washington’s boyhood home). Travel up to Monticello and see the home of Thomas Jefferson near Charlottesville. Woodrow Wilson, William Henry Harrison, have their homes preserved, and the James Monroe museum is particularly nice.
The first colony is a truly amazing place, for city life or country living. You can see every aspect of the American life just by touring through. Just be careful though, once you’ve spent some time down in Virginia you may not want to leave.