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Description - Virginia is home to a myriad of parks, memorials and historic sites, which pervade every region of the state. In the northwest the rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains bring over five million visitors every year to the Blue Ridge Parkway and Shenandoah National Park. This area along with that surrounding the Allegheny Mountains, in the southwest, supply visitors with a view of rural Virginia. The Appalachian Trail also leads through this region.

Central Virginia is known as the piedmont area, as it lies between the coastal and mountainous regions of the state. This region is known for its rural character epitomized by historic plantations, civil war sites and white fences containing horse pastures. Charlottesville is one of the highlights, and more populated areas, of the Virginia piedmont. It harbors the University of Virginia and Monticello, both initially constructed by Thomas Jefferson.

Coastal Virginia is lined on the east with wide sandy beaches, natural harbors and the Chesapeake Bay. Chincoteague Island is a center for recreation in this region as is the Chesapeake Bay for water-oriented activities. In the southern coastal region Colonial National Historic Park and Williamsburg interpret the first landing site of Europeans and the first capitol in Virginia.

Recreation - Recreation in the state varies per region. The coast provides the ocean and several harbors for water-oriented activities such as sailing, fishing, swimming and crabbing. Viewing historic sites and scenery as well as road and mountain biking and hiking are popular in the piedmont of Virginia. The mountains present opportunities for backpacking, hiking, mountain biking, scenic driving and fishing.

Climate - Virginia, as a whole, experiences high humidity throughout the year. Summers promise high heat and humidity, which can make rigorous activities uncomfortable and difficult. Spring and fall are the best times to visit the area to avoid the heat. The mountains to the coast receive high rainfall during these seasons, so rain gear is recommended. Winter precipitation levels vary from year to year. The humidity makes temperatures feel colder during the winter as it makes the summer temperatures feel hotter. Weather on the coast is generally more mild than that in the piedmont.

Location - Virginia is located along the Atlantic Ocean coast in the eastern area of the United States. This vast Commonwealth is located immediately south of America's capitol city, Washington, D.C.

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Filed By: ERNEL ARCANGEL FELIX (Santa Cruz-Monterey, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Washington, DC is as busy as ever! I enjoyed exploring the place. Taking the sightseeing tour shuttle was worth the trip. It was a four-hour trip including several stops (20 to 30 minutes) to various landmarks such as Lincoln Memorial, Washington Memorial, etc. As always, rainm shine, and some lightning and thunder are expected during the humid summer day (July 2006). Take a walk along downtown and stop at great shops and fancy restaurants. Watch for some fireflies at night!

Filed By: Scotty1
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Creekside is a great weekend get away. It's biggest reward is the relaxation it offers. It sets on a very active creek filled with trout, bass, etc. Creek side is off of I-81 at Edinburg, VA.just south of Front Royal VA. In town, are a couple restraunts that offers great food. Edinburg is an old town with lots of antique stores. My suggestion is to make reservations in advance.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Support Virginia's Gold Medal Winning State Parks! State Parks and Natural Areas Bond Referendum, Tuesday, November 5th.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Support Virginia's Gold Medal Winning State Parks! State Parks and Natural Areas Bond Referendum, Tuesday, November 5th.

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Virginia Tourism Corporation, 901 Easy Byrd Street , Richmond, VA, 23219, Phone: 804-786-2051, Fax: 804-786-1919

Additional Information:
Breaks Interstate Park - Breaks Interstate Park is often called the Grand Canyon of the South due to its 5 mile long and 1/4 mile deep gorge formed by the raging Russell Fork of the Big Sandy River. Over 300,000 people visit this remote park each year.

The Fishin' Musician - A wealth of information on fishing in the state of Virginia
The Virginia Travel Guide - Statewide Attractions


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