We love Virginia! As much as we love to travel far and wide across our great nation by RV, taking short trips within our own beautiful state can be just as exciting – and you only need a weekend to do it! Virginia offers a huge range of amazing destinations, so we compiled a list of places to add to your “must see” list.
Relax on the shore
There’s just something relaxing about being on the water. Here are two water-focused destinations that are sure to deliver when you need some R&R!
Explore Assateague Island. With over 37 miles of gorgeous beachline, Assateague is sure to help melt away stress. Play in the waves, fish, sunbathe, or tour the island and count how many different forms of wildlife you can spot. Over 300 different birds can be found here, as well as deer, fox, and several other critters. Assateague is probably best-known for the wild ponies that have lived on the island since the 1600’s. Discover more about this magical place at http://www.assateagueisland.com/.
Take in the sites at Grandview Nature Preserve. Virginia Beach would be the obvious suggestion, but if you’d rather get away from the crowds, Grandview is a great option. It’s a popular spot for bird-watching with species like least turns, eastern towhee, black skimmer, and American oystercatchers making this area their home. Hiking programs and canoe rentals are handled at neighboring Buckroe Beach. This is a protected area, so make sure to check out the rules and regulations before you visit. Don’t forget your camera! More info at http://www.hampton.gov/Facilities/Facility/Details/Grandview-Nature-Preserve-and-Factory-Po-57.
Explore the Mountains
Unplug, stretch your legs, and breathe in the clean mountain air. There’s a slew of possible activities, so we’ve chosen three different activities in the Blue Ridge Mountains & Shenandoah Valley area.
Hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains. There are hiking trails in the Blue Ridge Mountains that range from easy to strenuous including parts of the Appalachian Trail. Expect beautiful views of peaks, streams, foliage and wildlife. View trail suggestions at http://www.blueridgeparkway.org/v.php?pg=60 and stunning images here: http://www.blueridgeparkway.org/v.php?pg=825.
Riding the Sky in the Shenandoah Valley. If you’d rather stay in the RV, “ride the sky” by traveling along Skyline Drive, a 105-mile trek through the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley. Read more here: http://www.visitskylinedrive.org/What-To-See/Top-10/Skyline-Drive.aspx
Discover the breathtaking Luray Caverns. Your kids probably learned about stalactites and stalagmites in science class. Blow them away by showing them the real deal at Luray Caverns. With several other attractions available, the family can spend the whole day discovering something new. Learn more at http://luraycaverns.com.
Have fun & be prepared. We love sending RVers off on their adventures and hope that you’ll always do so safely. Don’t leave home before checking to make sure you and your family will be safe. You’ll want to make sure your RV is ready for the trek. If you need a professional RV service technician to take a look, contact us to schedule an appointment.