Sprawling beaches and stunning mountains paired nicely with a gorgeous wine region

Many of the most pivotal moments in U.S. history took place in Virginia, but nature-lovers will also profit from a visit to this beautiful Southeast state. Bordering Maryland, Washington, D.C., North Carolina the Atlantic Ocean, Virginia strikes an excellent balance of adventure and relaxation, big city excitement and outdoor pursuits.

During the summer, bask on the warm sands of Virginia’s shoreline. Bustling communities like Virginia Beach boast exciting boardwalks and plenty of family fun. Meanwhile, Assateague Island National Seashore and other wilderness areas are home to numerous species of birds and roaming wild horses. The northwestern side of the state is dominated by Shenandoah National Park. Enjoy the bucolic mountain scenery from one of the park’s many hiking trails or while cruising Skyline Drive. Just be sure to save some time for central Virginia wine country, home to more than 200 wineries.