The Commonwealth of Virginia is considered the gateway to the
South. From the mountains in the
west to the sandy coastal plain, Virginia is a study in diversity.
Few states have a climate as diverse
as Virginia. Generally, Virginia experiences hot summers and relatively mild
but crisp winters, with moderate rainfall throughout the year. The climate is
considered humid and subtropical, but
the mountain areas are cooler with less
Central Virginia offers museums,
historic attractions and entertainment centers that make discovering
this region a delight. The capital city of
Richmond is located here as well as Petersburg, the site of the longest military
siege in history.
Virginia’s Eastern Shore occupies
a slim peninsula separating the At-
lantic Ocean from the Chesapeake
Bay. Characterized by fishing villages,
barrier islands and wildlife refuges,
this area is accessible by the 17-mile
Chesapeake Bay-Bridge Tunnel.
Chincoteague, a small fishing town, is
famous for the herds of wild ponies
that have lived there for centuries.
Northern Virginia sits across the
Potomac River from Washington, D.C.
Large cities offer fine dining and night-
life full of theater, music and dance. It’s a
contemporary, cosmopolitan area with
lots of amenities and multi-lane inter-
Nature is the star in southwestern
Virginia and the Shenandoah Val-
ley. The largest city in this region is
Roanoke and this region is popu-
lar with those who enjoy camping,
hiking, hunting and fishing.
The Tidewater region is home
to Virginia Beach, famous for white
sand and oceanside fun. History buffs
will love the reconstruction of the
first permanent English settlement in
America, and in Colonial Williams-
burg, historical interpreters bring the
18th century to life.
Whether seeking adventure or relax-
ation, each region of Virginia has some-
thing to offer. Rich in history and full
of southern hospitality, Virginia is ripe
with discoveries waiting to be made.