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Alexandria Area- Minutes from Washington, D.C., Alexandria is a charming waterfront community featuring cobblestone streets, 18th and 19th century architecture, historic sites, tours, shops, restaurants and special events.
Bristol / Abingdon / Marion Area- This is a beautiful mountainous area and was much traveled by pioneers during the 1800's. Bristol is created with being the birth place of country music. Folk arts and crafts are a main attraction.
Charlottesville Area- Home to Presidents James Monroe and Thomas Jefferson, Charlottesville is rich in history, culture and architecture.
Fredericksburg Area- Fredericksburg is rich in both Revolutionary and Civil War History. The battle grounds included Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness and Spotsylvania Courthouse.
Richmond Area- Richmond lies on the western outskirts of the Virginia tidewater region. It serves as the state and industrial capital of Virginia. Back in May 21, 1986, Richmond was made the Capitol of the Confederacy. Today, prominent status of Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and other Civil War heroes stand at the entrance of the state capitol grounds.
Roanoke Area- Roanoke is known as the Star City. The Roanoke Valley has many attributes to charm any visitor. Conveniently located off I-81 and the Blue Ridge Parkway, Roanoke offers museums, attractions, farmers markets and an abundance of outdoor recreation.
Winchester Area- Winchester is the home of Virginia's famous Byrd Family and the thriving apple industry.

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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 Community Areas stretch across the entire state and reach into all corners.


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

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Virginia - The Old Dominion is the Mother of Presidents and the home of more Civil War battles than any other state in the nation. Her geography includes the the oldest mountain range in the country, the Atlantic Ocean and the world's largest estuary.

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