Can you feel it yet? Spring is in the air. Now we know you’re excited about vacation plans, but how about instead of booking that trip to Florida or the Caribbean you first consider some great options a little closer to home? In fact, you won’t even have to buy a plane ticket. You’ll just need a car.
Spring in Virginia is a time for drives with the windows rolled down and the trunk loaded with luggage. Every possible getaway desire can be met right here – from great beaches to exquisite wineries to cozy small towns and exciting outdoor adventures.
“Virginia’s diverse landscapes – from the Atlantic Ocean to the Blue Ridge Mountains – offer a wide variety of activities that are perfect for spring break getaways,” Alisa Bailey, President and CEO of Virginia Tourism Corporation, told Virginia Living.
Isn’t that the truth? With so much to do right here in your backyard, there’s no reason to even leave the state. There’s something for everyone, from families, to couples, all the way to college students looking for a study break. So hop in your car and take a ride to one of these seven Virginia spring break spots:
Fun for the whole family
Shenandoah National Park
Pack up the car with all the camping essentials and take a scenic tour along the famous Skyline Drive. Your views of Shenandoah National Park’s mountains and rolling green valleys will never be more beautiful than they are in the vibrant spring season. When you’ve found a camping site, get out and enjoy the park’s fantastic nature hikes and horseback rides. The kids will love it and you will too.
While the kids learn to dance like it’s 1799 or meet rare animal breeds, parents can take tours of homes of 18th-century residents or spend some time exploring Williamsburg’s charming furniture and souvenir shops. Better yet, you can do everything together. There’s so much to discover in Colonial Williamsburg that you’ll need at least a few days to see it all.
If you’re not from Virginia, you may not realize just how many great theme and water park options are here. From Busch Gardens and the indoor Great Wolf Lodge Waterpark in Williamsburg to Kings Dominion near Richmond to Massanutten Resort Water Park in McGaheysville, days packed with tons of fun for the whole family are easily within reach.
Virginia is for lovers
You might need a car to reach it, but once you’re in Charlottesville you’ll mostly be walking. Whether you’re on University of Virginia’s historic campus, visiting Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s famous estate, or just taking a stroll through downtown Charlottesville’s boutique shops, you’ll find the Charlottesville area relaxing while you enjoy the warm spring weather in one of Virginia’s most romantic towns. Of course, if walking doesn’t appeal to you, there’s always the option of a hot air balloon ride.
Found less than an hour’s drive from Washington, D.C., Loudoun County is northern Virginia’s winery hotspot. If you and your partner are both fans of the grape, consider taking the Loudon County Wine Trail to uncover the state’s very best small vineyards against a backdrop of rolling green hills that seem straight out of Sonoma. A spring day spent with Virginia’s winemakers in the company of friends or family is a day well spent. Additionally, remember to have a designated driver, or better yet, see if you can find a shuttle service to drive everyone around!
After a long winter, there’s no more welcoming smell than that of warm salt air blowing in off the sea. At Onancock, a small harbor town on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, you’ll find quaint lodging, old-fashioned storefronts, and some great local food. And don’t let the town’s small size fool you – there’s plenty to do here, from seasonal house tours to gala gallery evenings.
Escape to the ocean
Sometimes you’ve just got to cut loose. Spring in Virginia Beach is the perfect place to do it. With more than 28 miles of beaches, three miles of boardwalks, and enough restaurants and bars to keep everyone occupied, Virginia Beach is a springtime paradise. It’s also just a short drive away, so don’t miss out if you’re looking for a great time.
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