1. The Smithsonian, DC
Smithsonian Institution Building (The Castle) – 1000 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20560
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Walk through the lovely sculpture garden, view the breathtaking planetarium or visit the mysterious Hope Diamond!
2. Military Aviation Museum, Virginia Beach
1341 Princess Anne Rd., Virginia Beach, Virginia 23457
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The Military Aviation Museum is home to one of the largest private collections of World War I and World War II era military aircraft in the world. Each has been beautifully restored to its prior military condition, using original parts whenever possible. Most of the planes are airworthy and flown at the museum during flight demonstrations and at air shows throughout the year.
3. Luray Caverns, Luray
101 Cave Hill Rd, Luray, Virginia
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Let yourself be blown away by the humbling magnitude of these beautify caverns.
4. Maymont, Richmond
1700 Hampton St, Richmond, Virginia
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Maymont is full of gorgeous gardens to stroll around in as well as the historic Maymont Mansion.
5. Monticello, Charlottesville
931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
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You can’t talk about Charlottesville’s rich history without mentioning Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. Explore this beautiful forty-three room structure and its stunning gardens.
6. Carytown, Richmond
West Cary St, Richmond, Virginia
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Carytown is full of cool shops, delicious restaurants and hosts several festivals throughout the year!
7. International Spy Museum, DC
800 F St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20004
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The International Spy Museum opened in Washington, DC on July 19, 2002. It is the only public museum in the United States solely dedicated to espionage and the only one in the world to provide a global perspective on an all-but-invisible profession that has shaped history and continues to have a significant impact on world events. The Museum features the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display. Many of these objects are being seen by the public for the first time. These artifacts illuminate the work of famous spies and pivotal espionage actions as well as help bring to life the strategies and techniques of the men and women behind some of the most secretive espionage missions in world history.
8. Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg
1010 Kingsmill Road, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
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Situated along the picturesque James River, Kingsmill offers the ultimate getaway experience. Indulge in the resort’s five restaurants, spend a day out on the golf course, and let your tensions unwind as you treat yourself to decadent spa services.
9. Virginia Safari Park, Natural Bridge
229 Safari Ln, Natural Bridge, VA 24578
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Located in scenic Natural Bridge, Virginia the 180-acre park is home to over 1,000 exotic animals from 6 continents. With the Blue Ridge Mountains as your backdrop, animals of all sizes, shapes and colors approach your vehicle in search of a tasty bucket of feed! In addition to the Safari Drive-Thru, stroll along the pathways in the Safari Village where you will find a wide variety of exhibits everyone can enjoy!
10. Snowflex Centre, Lynchburg
4000 Candlers Mountain Rd, Lynchburg, Virginia
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Missing your winter sports? Check out the only synthetic snow center in the country!
11. Virginia Museum of Transportation, Roanoke
303 Norfolk Ave SW, Roanoke, VA 24016
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In the Rail Yard, explore historic steam and diesel engines, cabooses, and other rail equipment as modern trains rumble past. Inside the Museum, enjoy model trains and hands-on exhibits, stroll among antique automobiles, and explore the truck, bus, and aviation exhibits!
12. Michie Tavern, Charlottesville
683 Thomas Jefferson Parkway Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
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In 1777, Corporal William Michie started building his tavern. Today, it is a fun tavern with servers in colonial dress. Explore the oldest part of this 18th century tavern and shop in four unique shops like the metal smith or general store.
13. Science Museum of Western Virginia, Roanoke
1 Market Square SE #4, Roanoke, VA 24011
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The Science Museum of Western Virginia offers visitors the opportunity to touch, explore, interact, engage the senses, and experience personal aha! moments of discovery. They offer hands-on science exhibits, special events and programs, summer camps and outreach classes in school classrooms.
14. US Botanic Gardens, DC
245 First Street, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20024
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The US Botanic Gardens are absolutely stunning and contain a beautiful butterfly garden.
15. Williamsburg Pottery, Williamsburg
6692 Richmond Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23188
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The Williamsburg Pottery is one of Virginia’s top tourist attractions. Each year, thousands of bargain hunting customers come from all over the world to shop. With over 75 years of retail experience, the Pottery strives to offer customers the highest quality goods at terrific Pottery prices. A wonderful and vast selection of items, including their Exclusive Salt Glaze Pottery, handmade Custom Silk Floral Arrangements, and Award-Winning Custom Framing, can be found there. There is truly something for everyone, so go and see, plan to spend the day, and enjoy this unique shopping experience.
16. Gari Melchers Home & Studio, Falmouth
224 Washington Street, Falmouth, Virginia
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Gari Melchers himself was one of the most interesting and sought after artists of his time, but the house him and his beautiful wife lived in is much more. Complete with 27 acres of trails and beautiful gardens, it is only one of thirty artistic spaces listed as a National Historic Landmark. Make sure to visit them on a beautiful day soon!
17. Natural Bridge, Natural Bridge
Take in the beauty and wonder of Natural Bridge. This National Historic Landmark was once owned by Thomas Jefferson.
18. Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach
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Splash in the Atlantic or sunbathe on the golden beach. The ocean awaits!
19. George Washington’s Ferry Farm, Fredericksburg
268 Kings Highway, Fredericksburg, Virginia
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The childhood home of George Washington is one of the coolest attractions in Virginia! You can join archaeologists as they dig up the grounds and look for artifacts that George Washington himself used, maybe even find the hatchet that was used to knock down the infamous cherry tree!
20. Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park
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Skyline Drive offers gorgeous fall views without ever having to leave your car. Just drive down to Shenandoah National Park.
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