Four destinations you'll love
Discover why Virginia is for Lovers®. Experience breathtaking views, uncover America’s rich history, savor Virginia’s best wines, read graffiti left by Civil War soldiers, shop at premier outlet malls and boutique shops, and walk the streets of authentic American towns. The journey starts from Washington, D.C. and gives you the flexibility of multiple options throughout Virginia. Whatever your heart chooses, you will fall in love with these great destinations.
Begin your Richmond Region adventure with a tour of the State Capitol. Designed by Thomas Jefferson, this architectural marvel is home to the oldest continually-operating legislative assembly in the Western Hemisphere. The Capitol also served as the White House in Stephen Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated film, Lincoln. Follow the cobblestone streets of Shockoe Slip and Shockoe Bottom and enjoy one of downtown Richmond’s many modern dining options. While you’re downtown, take a tour of the Museum & White House of the Confederacy. The White House, a National Historic Landmark, has been carefully restored to its wartime elegance as Confederate President Jefferson Davis’ executive mansion. Relive history at St. John’s Church, the oldest church in Richmond, where Patrick Henry delivered his famous “give me liberty, or give me death” speech. Stroll along Monument Avenue – the only street in the United States to be named a National Historic Landmark. Take in the grandeur of the street’s seven larger-than-life statues and its impressive historic homes.
Start your next day in Richmond, Virginia with a journey to Henricus Historical Park and explore the re-created site of the second successful English settlement in the New World. The 1611 Citie of Henricus was the site of the first English hospital in the New World and served as the home of Pocahontas and her husband John Rolfe. Enjoy lunch and shopping in Carytown, which offers a variety of eclectic shops, boutiques and food stores. Take a walking tour with the Valentine History Center that includes the 1.25 mile stretch of historic Canal Walk.
After Canal Walk, visit the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Hanover Tavern, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts or take a narrated canal cruise on a charming bateau boat. Visit scenic Hollywood Cemetery, which serves as the final resting place of Jefferson Davis and his family, 25 Confederate generals and 18,000 Confederate soldiers. Take in a show at our beloved dinner theatre, Swift Creek Mill. Enjoy an evening with a performance by the Virginia Repertory Theater, the Richmond Ballet, Virginia Opera or Richmond Symphony or just relax and take in one of our four wineries, 16 breweries, two Cideries and three distilleries.
Prince William & Manassas
Just outside of Washington, D.C., lies a small city that feels like home: Old Town Manassas – an authentic American town steeped in history and tradition. Your visit begins when you arrive at the Historic Manassas Train Depot. Built in 1914, this iconic structure is home to the visitor center and a railroad heritage gallery. Stroll over to the city center to enjoy a variety of events that range from concerts and ice cream socials in the summer to ice skating in the crisp winter weather. Visit the Manassas Museum to uncover the area’s storied past through artifacts, photographs and special events. Walk the hallowed ground of Manassas National Battlefield Park and stand in the footsteps of “Stonewall” Jackson while envisioning the troops marching along the open fields during two American Civil War battles. Enhance your experience with a tour of Ben Lomond Historic Site, which features a slave quarter and historic home that was used as a Civil War hospital and filled with graffiti left behind by Federal soldiers.
Your next stop is Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, a 25-acre historic park that includes an 1822 courthouse and jail, 1875 church, 1850 log house and farmstead and a one-room schoolhouse built in 1928. When it comes time to dine your choices are limitless, from sidewalk cafes and pubs to contemporary and culturally inspired restaurants.
Begin your morning with breakfast at a local coffee house or step back in time and experience the essence of the 50’s at Juke Box Diner. Stroll through the quaint streets of Occoquan – a historic riverfront town settled in the middle of the 18th century and filled with specialty shops, antique stores, art galleries and restaurants. Be sure to take a leisurely cruise down the water aboard the Miss Rivershore where you will enjoy the scenery and a lively history lesson from the captain. If you are looking for a bargain, just a few miles away in Woodbridge is Potomac Mills – the largest outlet mall in the Washington, D.C. region. Discover the history of America’s oldest fighting force, the U.S. Marines, in Quantico at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Immerse yourself in the interactive boot camp gallery and experience firsthand what it takes to become a Marine. Tucked away at the foothills of the Bull Run Mountains, is the stunning Winery at La Grange. Sip, swirl and savor Virginia wines in a circa 1790 manor house, relax by the fireplace or purchase a bottle for a picnic overlooking the beautiful mountains.
Hop aboard the Trolley Tours of Fredericksburg on a 75-minute ride around tour of the 40-block National Historic District. Take a step back in time with the wenches at the Rising Sun Tavern and the doctor’s apprentice at Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop to learn about Colonial medicine, surgery, lodging and food. Enjoy a quaint lunch and a little shopping time in Old Town Fredericksburg, where the brick sidewalks lead you to boutiques, antique shops, and specialty stores. Visit two of the George Washington family homes. At the Mary Washington House, you’ll see the simple cottage that George Washington purchased for his mother, along with his sister Betty’s Kenmore, where you’ll see an elaborate plantation home with some of the most decorative plasterwork in all of America. Dine in Old Town with more than 40 independent dining establishments for a palate-pleasing experience.
Begin your next day at the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center where both permanent and changing exhibits tell the story of the area. You’ll learn how the city played a strategic role during the Civil War, and the civilian experience during those horrific days. Venture to the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center to view the video detailing the four battles in the area. Take a short walking tour of the Sunken Road and see the infamous Stone Wall, walking in the footsteps of famous generals and ordinary soldiers.
Return to Old Town for a little refreshment and revitalization. You’ve done a lot of walking this morning and deserve a stop at a classic soda fountain which offers Coke floats, milkshakes and delectable sandwiches. A hidden gem, the James Monroe Museum, holds the country’s largest collection of artifacts and documents related to the fifth president of the United States. Arts abound at Liberty Town Arts Workshop, a colorful haven for 50 local artists occupying studios. In addition to Liberty Town, there are more than 20 art galleries throughout Old Town. After dinner, enjoy a leisurely horse and carriage ride which offers a variety of tours depending upon the time of year.
Walk in the shoes of a five star general at the final resting place of General Douglas MacArthur, The Douglas MacArthur Memorial. Discover the story of the life of an Army General and pay tribute to millions of men and women who served with the General in three wars. Uncover the mystery behind the power of the sea at Nauticus, an interactive science and technology center, where you can explore the hands-on exhibits. While there, step aboard the Battleship Wisconsin, one of the last and largest battleships built by the U.S. Navy. Eat and shop at MacArthur Center, a downtown shopping experience.
Set sail aboard a cruise on the American Rover tall ship or the Spirit of Norfolk. Enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views of the Virginia Waterfront’s skyline with a narrated tour and great music as you cruise Norfolk’s historic waterways. Enjoy the evening tasting Norfolk’s finest local cuisine on a food tour of Historic Ghent or downtown Norfolk. Then stop for ice cream with a famous ice cream cone from Doumar’s. Doumar’s is where Abe Doumar invented the ice cream cone by taking a waffle and rolling it into a cone, to which he added ice cream.
Start your day at Naval Station Norfolk. Take a 45-minute bus tour of the world’s largest naval station, as an enlisted sailor takes you onto the base and shows you how our Navy works, lives and protects our country. Then step back in history with more than 5,000 years of art at the Chrysler Museum of Art. Explore the largest collection of Tiffany glass on the East Coast. Stop by the Chrysler Museum’s Glass Studio, where glassblowing artists create pieces of art right before your eyes. Explore nature with more than 20 theme gardens by tram, boat or foot at Norfolk Botanical Garden. Stroll down Colley Avenue in Historic Ghent for some great local finds with more than 20 locally owned restaurants and shops all within walking distance. End the trip by relaxing and sipping wine at Virginia’s first urban winery, the Mermaid Winery. Or pub crawl to O’Connors Brewing Company and Smartmouth Brewing Company.