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If you are planning a trip to Virginia, you must have some information before hand about interesting Virginia cities and activities you can do while visiting these cities.

If you are travelling with your family or alone, you are sure to enjoy your trip and have a terrific and fun filled vacation.  The state of Virginia offers a pleasant mix of historical sites and modern locations.

Arlington is a city situated in northern Virginia. This city lies between the Potomac River and Washington DC. Millions of people visit the city each year to see its famous museums and historical sites. About four million people pay homage in the Arlington National Cemetery each year. This is the place where over a couple of million soldiers had been laid to rest. Also visit the burial place of late President John F. Kennedy who was assassinated in 1963. The grave is adorned with an eternal flame. This flame never extinguishes and is fuelled by an underground line. Many unknown brave soldiers have also been buried here and include graves of soldiers from World War I, World War II, Vietnam and the Korean War. The tomb is safeguarded round the clock day by the 3rd U.S. Infantry.

Visit the Arlington House located on the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery. General Robert E. Lee considered this home and lived here for three decades before the Civil War. Across from Arlington National Cemetery is the Pentagon. This office has five sides and is spread over 580 acres. The building was built during World War II and today is the office of the United States’ Department of Defence. This is the same building which was attacked on September 11th, 2001. You must take a guided tour of this building.

George Washington National Memorial is dedicated to the first president of the country. The memorial is approximately 333 feet tall. You can get an birds eye view of Washington D.C. and also see the George Washington museum located on the premises.

Visit Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown to experience the culture and lifestyle during the 17th and 18th centuries. The College of William and Mary is located in Colonial Williamsburg. The college is named after the then King and Queen of England and is considered to be a prestigious university. The Wren Building is the oldest academic building of the country and was constructed in the late 17th century.  In this city, you can visit colonial homes, a tavern and the Episcopal Church. People dress in clothes of the era gone by and tend to shops, conduct tours, drive a horse and buggy.

Jamestown is a wooden fort which was the first successful permanent settlement in England. The original fort has perished. But you can get a feel of the fort by various replicas standing in the area.

Busch Gardens is a famous amusement park. This amusement park is fashioned in a European format. Some of the popular rides at the amusement park are Alpengeist, Drachen Fire and the Haunts of the Olde Country.
Charlottesville lies in the heart of Virginia. The city is the birthplace and home of America’s 3rd President, Thomas Jefferson. You can visit the beautiful home of the president in Monticello. Apart from a magnificent architecture, you can also see a number of antiques on display.

Mitchie’s Tavern lies close to Monticello. You can sample period cuisine and participate in activities of the 1700’s.

The University of Virginia is a famous educational institution located in the city and was founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson. Many famous students have passed out from this institution like Edgar Allan Poe. Today, over 18,000 students are enrolled.

Alexandria was established in 1670 and lies across the Potomac River from Washington D.C. one of the most popular places to visit on this city is Mount Vernon. This is the plantation of America’s first President, George Washington. You can know about the life style in the 18th century and take a walking tour of the plantation. Also know about the life and times of Washington.

Also stop by Alexandria’s Atlantic Kayak. You can ride on a kayak and experience Washington D.C. Nature lovers should visit the Dyke Marsh Wildlife Area to see a variety of birds in their own habitat.

The Ramsay House is the oldest building in Alexandria built in 1725. The building has been put to multiple uses like a tavern to cigar factory. Today it is used as a visitor’s centre.

Yorktown is the site of the last battle of the Revolutionary War. The declaration for the end of the war was signed here on October 1781. The town has a number of historic sites. To see exhibits and information about the Revolutionary War, visit the Yorktown Victory Center. Also visit the Yorktown Battlefield to know about the 18th century. The area has structures such as British strongholds, encampment sites and headquarters. You can take a self guided tour.

Lynchburg is a fast evolving and busy city. The city is located on the James River and was founded in 1757. Just outside of Lynchburg visit Thomas Jefferson’s vacation home, Poplar Forest. The house was designed by Jefferson and built in the early 1800s. With the passage of time, the house grew into disrepair. The house is now being restored but is still unfurnished.

The Old City Cemetery is one of the country’s historic destinations and is the oldest cemetery in the region. About a couple of thousand Confederate soldiers have been laid to rest here. On the outskirts of Lynchburg lies the town of Appomattox. This is the site where the civil war ended. Generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee met at the McLean House to discuss terms of surrender. You can take a tour of the renovated house.

Newport News is a town where massive shipbuilding is done and is one of the greatest harbours in the world. The Mariner’s Museum is located in Newport News. You can see a number of exhibits and displays on nautical history here. Also visit the Virginia Living Museum to see a variety of exhibits. Other good places to visit here are Fort Eustis, The United States’ Army Transportation Center, the U.S. Army Transportation Museum etc. you can take a guided tour of the museum.

Richmond is the capital city of the Commonwealth. You can see a number of museums and historic destinations. If you are travelling with your kids, visit the Richmond Children’s Museum and Science Museum of Virginia to see many interactive exhibits. Richmond’s capital building was designed by Thomas Jefferson. The building was constructed in the 1780s. The interiors of the building have priceless artworks. Also visit St. John’s Episcopal Church which was constructed in the 1740s. Patrick Henry delivered his infamous speech here.