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Poplar Forest

Jefferson’s Poplar Forest Retreat

Monticello might get its fair share of visitor action up in Charlottesville. But just down the road lies Poplar Forest, the retreat home of none other than Virginia’s favorite son, Thomas Jefferson.

Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and the country’s third President, was looking for privacy, solitude, and renewal in this location. He sought to have his own Roman rural villa in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. (more…)

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Montpelier mansion

James Madison’s Montpelier Estate

James Madison, father of the U.S. Constitution, maintained a lifelong home at Montpelier that is open to the public and displays a recent $25 million restoration.

The centerpiece of the estate is the mansion. But visitors also can see exhibits, gardens, archaeological sites, forest trails, a freed slave’s cabin and farm, demonstrations and other activities. (more…)

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Maymont pergola

Maymont Park and Estate Visitor Tips

Maymont park in Richmond is a unique blend of mansion, gardens, farm, zoo, nature center, history, events, waterfall and rolling green hills. Even better, the grounds and most of the exhibits are free.

This 100-acre Victorian country estate resides in the middle of a Richmond neighborhood that has grown up around it over the last century. (more…)

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Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Tips

The Blue Ridge Parkway provides natural beauty, history and the opportunity for adventure for tens of thousands of visitors every year.

The parkway is a must-see for all ages. It is a slow-paced drive that enables visitors to see amazing vistas, rugged mountains, pastoral landscapes and unimaginable natural beauty that can only be found in the highlands of Appalachia. (more…)

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Virginia Air and Space Center

Virginia Air and Space Center

The Virginia Air and Space Center in Hampton takes educational experiences to the next level with a fun-filled, hands-on journey that enables visitors to learn what it is like to prepare and experience space travel. (more…)

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Southwest Virginia Museum

Southwest Virginia Attraction Guide

Southwest Virginia attractions include a variety of activities for people of all ages, families, couples and those with all interests.

While there are countless attractions, there is no way to visit them all when vacationing or passing through. Choosing from some of the more popular attractions may make your trip more enjoyable. (more…)

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VIrginia Aquarium

Virginia Aquarium Visitor Tips

A trip to the Virginia Aquarium is a perfect stop on their next Virginia getaway for anyone who is up for adventure and excitement plus a learning experience all rolled into one.

With more than 800,000 gallons of water to make the perfect home for all kinds of sea creatures, visitors will quickly realize why Virginia Aquarium in Hampton Roads is not only one of the top aquariums but also one of the top animal habitats in Virginia. (more…)

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