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Are you a history buff? Do you enjoy beautiful, vast landscapes? Then Virginia is the place to go. With a coast along Chesapeake Bay and located close to Washington, D.C., Virginia is definitely worth a visit.
Today the capital of beautiful Virginia, Richmond was once the capital of the Confederacy. Among its most visited sights are the Old City Hall and the White House of the Confederacy, which also serves as a museum today.
Also popular are the John Marshall House, the State Capitol, and the Richmond National Battlefield Park, which gives visitors the opportunity to learn more about the Civil War battles in and around Richmond. The best way to explore the battle fields is to start at the visitor center, located at the Tredegar Iron Works, which was the Confederacy's largest iron factory. From the visitor center follow the driving tour, which connects all the major battle fields.
Richmond also offers a fantastic park system. Definitely plan to stop at Monroe Park and the two islands in the James River: Belle Island and Brown's Island. And take a stroll along the streets of Richmond, many of which are line by amazing mansions.
Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown
Virginia's capital in the 18th century, Williamsburg is famous for its historic district, Colonial Williamsburg. Restored to much of its original self, Colonial Williamsburg is a tourist magnet. People in costumes reenact and interpret daily colonial life. The most famous buildings are the Old Capitol Building, the Governor's Palace, Robertson's Windmill, and Raleigh Tavern.
Close by is Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the United States. Today, visitors can see the ruins of the original colony as well as Jamestown Settlement, a recreation of the original settlement. As in Williamsburg, interpreters in costumes take the visitor back in time.
Just fifteen miles away, Yorktown offers the Colonial National Historical Park, which offers battlefield tours of the battle of the American Revolutionary War that ended in the surrender of the British forces.
More Historical Landmarks
Charlottesville is the hometown of Thomas Jefferson and one of its most famous tourist attractions is Monticello, Jefferson's home. He started building the estate in 1768/69 and it took him forty years to complete it. Today tours of the house as well as the grounds are offered to visitors.
Appomattox Court House
Appomattox Court House National Historical Park is another site that has seen its share of important historical events. It was here where the Confederate Army surrendered to the Union, which effectively ended the American Civil War.
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