Cities of Virginia are home to many fascinating American historical treasures, beautiful buildings and parks.
Virginia’s capital, Richmond is rich in history from the early days of the American War of Independence to the American Civil War. There are some fascinating historical sites in the city including the State Capital building, designed by America’s philosopher-President, Thomas Jefferson. Another one is Richmond National Battlefield Park, which contains monuments of the Civil War, and shares the story of the city’s role in the war as the Capital of the Confederate States of America.
The resort, Virginia Beach, is the state’s largest and one of America’s fastest growing cities. This city has beautiful beaches, an exciting boardwalk, excellent sport fishing and is famous for its seafood. Places of interest include the Cape Henry Memorial Cross, site of the landing of the first colonists in 1607, and the majestic Sea Shore State Park which is entirely within the city limits.
Although technically a county, Arlington in Virginia is the de facto suburb of Washington DC. Named after Arlington House, the Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Residence, this area is home to Arlington National Cemetery. This cemetery is the final resting place of many illustrious Americans as John F. Kennedy, Howard Taft, and Gen. John Pershing. Lee’s actual mansion, the Arlington House still stands here. Arlington is the home of America’s center of defense bureaucracy and the world’s largest building, the Pentagon.
Virginia’s beautiful countryside is home to several national parks that are worth seeing, and its Atlantic coast makes for a beautiful drive and has some wonderful islands.
Spectacular Shenandoah National Park has a series of ridges and valleys, hollows, waterfalls and trout filled streams. Skyline Drive, the north-south highway that runs through the park, winds for 105 miles through the park. There are 75 scenic outlooks on this road including the breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge, Shenandoah Valley, Massanutten Mountain, and the Allegheny Mountains. Also running through the park is America’s premier hiking trail, the Appalachian Trail.