Virginia
Charlottesville’s must-see sites are Jeffersonian: the University of Virginia and Monticello. Its Downtown Mall offers great restaurants, shops, and concert venues in historic commercial buildings. Head out of town to enjoy nearby wineries, inns, and views. In Richmond, tour the state capitol, and spend some time contemplating the James River—perhaps from Historic Tredegar, Hollywood Cemetery, Maymont, or the Boathouse at Rocketts Landing. Devote a few hours to the stunning Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and neighboring Virginia Historical Society, then drive down Monument Avenue with its mix of mansions, shade trees, churches, and statues. Heading south on I-64, you can experience time travel at Colonial Williamsburg, the best large-scale historic site in the country, where restored and recreated buildings, costumed interpreters, and a beautiful, human-scale setting give a compelling sense of Virginia’s past. Norfolk being a Navy town, the waterfront is where the action is, with a traveler-friendly concentration of museums, dining, shopping, music, baseball, festivals, and boat tours of the busy harbor. A half-hour drive takes you to the fun and sands of Virginia Beach.