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
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 humidity.
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 Atlan-
tic 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 nightlife
full of theater, music and dance. It’s a con-
temporary, cosmopolitan area with lots of
amenities and multi-lane interstates.
Nature is the star in southwestern
Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley.
The largest city in this region is Roanoke
and this region is popular with those
who enjoy camping, hiking, hunting
The Tidewater region is home to Vir-
ginia Beach, famous for white sand and
oceanside fun. History buffs will love
the reconstruction of the first perma-
nent English settlement in America, and
in Colonial Williamsburg, historical in-
terpreters bring the 18th century to life.
Whether seeking adventure or relaxation, each region of Virginia has something to offer. Rich in history and full
of southern hospitality, Virginia is ripe
with discoveries waiting to be made.
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