Virginia

Virginia

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Price point levels scaled for a 7-day visit for a couple and anchored on research and personal experiences.

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Language(s)

English

Currency

US Dollar

Reported for the US traveler with foreign countries rankings based on the US State Department's travel advisories.
Safety
Exercise Increased Caution

Reported for three representative cities within the destination via Weather Spark.

Climate (°F)
Summer Winter
Roanoke 89 33
Richmond 89 29
Norfolk 34 88
Outlets
Type-A
Type-B

Best Time to Visit

Spring and fall have the best weather for being outside. It’s hot and muggy in the summer (especially in the east) and can get icy and cold in the winter (especially in the mountains). Washington DC has some significant festivals, such as the Cherry Bloom Festival and 4th of July, which could be reasons to visit or stay away. One more interesting DC phenomenon is the spring school trip season which is definitely a thing. Virginia Beach is relatively far north for a beach destination, so summer is going to be the high season.

Fun Facts

  • Virginia is for lovers, but it’s illegal to tickle a woman or have sex with the lights on
  • Virginia’s counties were originally called “shires”.
  • Virginia was named after Queen Elizabeth I, the ‘Virgin Queen’
  • Naval Station Norfolk  is the world’s largest naval base
  • The Pentagon is the world’s largest office building with 3x the floorspace of the Empire State Building
  • Jamestown was founded in 1607 as England’s first colony in America
  • More Civil War battles were fought in Virginia than in any other state

Bucket-List Activities

  • Cruise the Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway (Fort Royal to Cumberland Knob)
  • Visit every Smithsonian Museum (DC)
  • Go mountain biking in Roanoke ( ‘America’s East Coast Mountain Biking Capital’) (Roanoke)
  • See the Cherry Blossom Festival (DC)
  • Explore Luray Caverns (Luray)
  • See the wild ponies of Chincoteague (Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge)
  • Raft the James River (Scottsville)

Natural Wonders

  • The Great Dismal Swamp (Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge)
  • The Chesapeake Bay
  • Shenandoah National Park (Shenandoah National Park)
  • Luray Caverns (Luray)
  • The New River
  • Virginia Natural Bridge (Natural Bridge)

Major Attractions

  • Washington DC (DC)
  • Colonial Williamsburg (Williamsburg)
  • Virginia Beach (Virginia Beach)
  • Mount Vernon (Mount Vernon)
  • Monticello (Charlottesville)
  • Arlington National Cemetery (Arlington)
  • Colonial National Historic Park (Yorktown)

Native Foods

  • Country Ham (salt cured ham)
  • Blue Crab (boiled and served whole)
  • Brunswick Stew (The namesake county is also my familial home)
  • Oysters (Virginia is the ‘Oyster Capital of the East Coast’)
  • BBQ (It’s argued that Virginia BBQ came from the Powhatan technique of slow-cooking foods above smoldering coals)

General Travel Tips

Common Phrases

  • NOVA – NOrthern VirginiA
  • Tidewater – The low-lying plains of southeast Virginia
  • Beltway – The Washington DC outer belt
  • Beltway Bandits – Consultants and Lobbyists who work in DC
  • The (Red/Blue/Orange/Green/Silver/Yellow) Line – The color indicates which DC Metro line it is

Major Cities / Airports

  • Charlottesville / Charlottesville/Albemarle Airport (CHO) – Home of University of Virginia and Monticello
  • Newport News / Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) – Gateway to Norfolk and Virginia Beach
  • Norfolk  / Norfolk International Airport (ORF) -Also the gateway to Norfolk and Virginia Beach
  • Richmond / Richmond International Airport (RIC) – Virginia’s capital city
  • Roanoke / Roanoke Regional Airport (ROA) – The Star City in the Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Dulles / Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) – DC’s airport outside the city
  • Arlington / Ronald Regan Washington National Airport (DCA) – DC’s airport inside the city
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