Virginia Top 10 Attractions

6: Manassas National Battlefield Park

Manassas National Battlefield Park
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This sprawling 5000-acre park preserves the memories of the battles of Manassas during the Civil War era. The park offers many walking trails and a variety of activities. The Henry Hills Visitor Center, located inside the park, screens a short orientation film for the visitors. There is also a museum which showcases weapons, artifacts, and uniforms from the Civil War era.

Address: 6511 Sudley Rd, Manassas, VA 20109

7: Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
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For a unique and historic experience in Virginia, you should make sure you pay a visit to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. The third President of the United States started work on its design and construction at the age of just twenty six. Today, this has become a very popular visitor attraction with many people heading here to explore the estate, which includes the gardens, the plantation and the house itself. When you visit this attraction you can enjoy spending a whole day exploring Monticello as well as enjoying the chance to learn more about Jefferson himself. There are some great exhibitions and guided tours that form part of the visit so you can look forward to a fascinating experience.

Address: 931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902

8: George Washington's Mount Vernon

George Washington's Mount Vernon
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The Mount Vernon Estate is located by the Potomac River in Virginia and was once home to the first president of the United States, George Washington, and his wife Martha. Today, the estate attracts huge numbers of tourists and visitors who head here to explore the mansion and surroundings as well as to learn more about its history and about the late, great Washington. You will find plenty to explore when you visit Mount Vernon including the iconic and stunning mansion, the beautiful landscaped gardens, and the tombs of the former president and his wife. Visitors can also step back in time with a visit to the museum, where you can learn more about Washington and explore a wide variety of Mount Vernon artifacts and exhibits.

Address: 3200 Mount Vernon Hwy, Mt Vernon, VA 22121

9: Shenandoah National Park / Skyline Drive

Shenandoah National Park / Skyline Drive

Forming part of the famous Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Shenandoah National Park provides some wonderful views and scenery including views of the Shenandoah River, the valley, lush greenery, and areas of wilderness. Around 40 percent of the land here has been designated as wilderness and is therefore protected. One of the things that draws many people to this park is the Skyline Drive, which runs through the whole length of the park and is now known as a National Scenic Byway. This is a wonderful scenic drive that enables you to enjoy breathtaking surroundings. Millions of people head here each year, particularly in the fall when the scenery is particularly beautiful.

Address: Shenandoah National Park, VA

10: Richmond Canal Walk

Richmond Canal Walk
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Those who enjoy history, walking, and scenery will find that the Richmond Canal Walk in Virginia is a great way to combine all of these interests. When you take this walk, which runs for 1 ¼ miles through the downtown area, you will be able to look forward to exploring four hundred years of local history. You can enjoy taking in the various monuments and exhibits that line the walk while also enjoying the natural beauty of the waterways that you pass by as part of the walk including the Haxall Canal.

Address: Canal Walk, Richmond, VA 23219

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