Virginia
Virginia is most easily toured by car. Interstate 95 brings East Coast travelers from the north and south. I-64 heads west from Norfolk through Richmond and Charlottesville, connecting at Staunton with I-81, which runs southwest the length of the state, from Winchester to Bristol. Both these routes are scenic, but Virginia also has wonderful back roads. Routes 15 and 6 from Charlottesville to Richmond, Route 5 from Richmond to Williamsburg, the Colonial Parkway linking Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown, and Skyline Drive in the Blue Ridge Mountains are some of the best. Richmond, Norfolk, and Charlottesville airports are uncrowded and convenient, with rental agencies and cars located on-site. Amtrak runs several trains daily through Richmond, stopping downtown at grand old Main Street Station and a few miles north at suburban Staple Mills. Norfolk is the southern terminus of Amtrak’s Northeast from Boston, and trains from Charlottesville’s Union Station can take you to or from New Orleans, Chicago, New York, or Boston.