7 Interesting Spots in Virginia to Visit on Your Next Vacation ...

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There are a wealth of stunning spots in Virginia, although most visitors seem to lean toward the historical and political sights in Northern Virginia or the big name tourist spots, such as Virginia Beach and Busch Gardens.

All of those are incredible spots as well, but there are dozens of lesser known places that I think everyone passing through the genteel Southern state would love visiting.

I loved them when I lived there for five years, and I still love them.

The next time you're on vacation in the area, think about stopping by one or two of these picturesque spots in Virginia!

1. Jamestown

Jamestown

Colonial Williamsburg is one of the most popular tourist spots in Virginia, and with good reason.

It's an excellent place to visit, gorgeous and wonderfully authentic.

If you want something a little off the beaten path, however, I suggest historic Jamestown.

You'll find lots of settlement choices on this list, because I love those things!

At Jamestown, you'll get to go on a fantastic walking tour that guides you through the original Jamestown settlement.

You'll get to see wonderful galleries, lots of replicas of ships, weaponry, and other old-time necessities, and you can even see an archaeological dig or two.

2. Assateague Island

Assateague Island

Assateague Island is owned by both Virginia and Maryland, so it's divided in half.

Really, either half you visit will have you planning your next vacation before you finish with your first one.

The Assateague Island National Seashore is on the Maryland side, and it's one of only sixteen designated National Seashores.

On the Virginia half of things, you can visit the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

Although everything is gorgeous, from the beaches to the forests, keep an eye out for the wild ponies and make sure you visit the lighthouse.

3. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum

The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum

I fell in love with this museum the first time I visited.

How often do you stumble across a museum dedicated to folk art?2

This is one of the best collections you'll ever see, and includes rustic landscapes, farm-inspired paintings, and amazing folk portraits.

You'll find plenty of patriotic pieces, of course, along with rather awe-inspiring instruments and pieces of stoneware.

The quilts are particularly exquisite, and some very touching, haunting mourning exhibits – yes, still dedicated to the dearly departed.

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