Virginia
Virginia is ideal for road trips—major cities are only an hour or two apart. In Charlottesville, both UVA and Monticello are family-friendly, with lots to learn and plenty of room to roam. Downtown, ice-skate year-round at the Main Street Arena or do some hands-on exploration at the Virginia Discovery Museum. You-pick farms like Carter Mountain Orchard make for great outings, and there are wonderful day hikes nearby. In Richmond, downtown Capitol Square and riverside Historic Tredegar let you delve into the past and also run around outside. Maymont, a former estate, is fun for all with a mansion to tour, gardens, a petting farm, a nature center, and hills for a picnic and play. The Science Museum of Virginia is impressive, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is gorgeous, and active families will want to get out on the James River in kayaks, canoes, or inner tubes. Between Richmond and Norfolk, stop at beautiful Busch Gardens, a theme park–lover’s dream, and at Colonial Williamsburg to immerse yourselves in our revolutionary past. Start your Norfolk visit at Nauticus, with its interactive science and history exhibits and tours of the USS Wisconsin. A sail on the American Rover is a great way to see Norfolk’s busy harbor, and a game at waterfront Harbor Stadium is a blast for baseball fans. From Norfolk, a half hour’s drive takes you to Virginia Beach, where the options for family fun are endless.