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Things to see and do in Virginia
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Attractions in Virginia
Arlington National Cemetery
Visit Arlington National Cemetery (www.arlingtonnationalcemetery.org), where an eternal flame burns at the gravesite of John F Kennedy.
Blue Ridge Parkway
Follow the Blue Ridge Parkway (www.blueridgeparkway.org) along the spine of the Appalachians. This drive, one of America's most scenic, overlooks lush farmland, fertile valleys and winds through forests vibrant with rhododendrons, azaleas and wildlife.
Catch a ticket to adventure on wild rides, stage shows and family entertainment at Busch Gardens (www.buschgardens.org) in Williamsburg.
Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel
Follow the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (www.cbbt.com) to Virginia's Eastern Shore, a 112km- (70-mile-) long peninsula bordered by the Atlantic on one side and Chesapeake Bay on the other.
Cruise the Potomac River
Cruise the Potomac River for scenic views of Alexandria, Washington, DC and the Mount Vernon Estate.
Edgar Allan Poe Museum
Explore the intriguing Edgar Allan Poe Museum (www.poemuseum.org) in Richmond, which highlights his life and career with photos, relics and writings.
Iwo Jima Marine Memorial
See the Iwo Jima Marine Memorial, dedicated to all Marines who have given their lives in defence of America.
Visit the Jamestown Settlement (www.historyisfun.org) and see a full-scale replica of James Fort on display, along with reproductions of three 17th-century ships that brought the English settlers to Virginia.
Join the carnival
Join in the Chincoteague Carnival in July and watch the 'saltwater cowboys' herd the Chincoteague ponies across the Assateague Channel at low tide.
View some of the Virginia's beautiful mansions: Thomas Jefferson's beloved Monticello (www.monticello.org); the 216-hectare (535-acre) Ash Lawn plantation that belonged to President James Monroe (www.ashlawnhighland.org); and James Madison's home, Montpelier (www.montpelier.org).
Mount Vernon Estate
Tour George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate (www.mountvernon.org), and enjoy the gardens that overlook the Potomac River.
Tour Norfolk, home of the largest naval base in the world, and inspect the USS Battleship Wisconsin, the last battleship built by the US Navy. Fish off the pier, learn to sail or take a harbour cruise on a 19th-century cargo schooner.
Paramount's Kings Dominion
Spend the day at Paramount's Kings Dominion theme park (www.kingsdominion.com), 32km (20 miles) north of Richmond, and enjoy the best rollercoaster collection on the east coast.
Travel the scenic Skyline Drive, which traverses the Shenandoah National Park and follows the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy hiking, canoeing, horse riding and a variety of naturalist programmes.
Enjoy the fun and sun at Virginia Beach (www.vbfun.com), a popular seaside town offering a range of attractions and facilities.
Walking tour of Richmond
Take a walking tour of Richmond (www.visitrichmondva.com), the state capital that was also the capital of the Confederacy. This compact city is ideal for walking tours of historic districts and is ringed by Civil War battlegrounds.
Take a whale-watching excursion from Virginia Beach, and see the humpback whales and bottlenose dolphins at play.
Try white-water canoeing on the Shenandoah, Maury and James rivers. Rapids as high as class IV are found along urban Richmond's stretch of the James River.
Travel back in time to 'Colonial Williamsburg', a recreated colonial village with working artisans in period costume. Formerly the state capital, Williamsburg is the largest restored 18th-century town in America and home to William and Mary, the country's second-oldest college.