1. Virginia State Capitol
The State Capitol was designed by Thomas Jefferson, It was the first state capitol after the Revolutionary War, and it was also the first public building in the new world to resemble a Roman temple. Free hour long tours are offered daily.
Monticello was the home of Thomas Jefferson, a great American architect and one of the the fathers of the country. The design of the house is based on neoclassical principles, something he picked up from books written by the Italian Renaissance architect, Andrea Palladio.
3. Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington is the nations most hallowed ground. Over 300,000 people buried there, veterans from all wars, and several presidents. The cemetery is open throughout the week and several tours take place during the day.
4. Colonial Williamsburg
The Capitol of Virginia from 1699- 1780. This living history museum is a great spot to take the kids and get a dose of authentic Virginia history. It is home to the Governors Palace and many other popular buildings that give an excellent insight into how people lived in the colonial era.
5. Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon is the former plantation home of George Washington. The mansion is situated along the Potomac River. This Palladian style home took George Washington twenty years to complete and is available for tours to this day.
6. Appomattox Court House
Most famous for the surrender of the Confederate army to the Union army, Appomattox is a staple in the history of Virginia and the nation. This is a great place to go explore one summer day!
7. Wolf Trap National Park
Wolf Trap is known as Americas national park for performing arts. They play a big role in hosting local and national talents, it is a great place to enjoy a concert with friends and family. Their mission is to ensure that the arts of this country remain accessible and affordable.
8. National Marine Corps Museum
This great museum is located just outside the Quantico Marine Base and is full of great history about some of our nations bravest soldiers. It is open seven days a week and tours are offered daily.
9. Natural Bridge
This ninety foot high natural arc is located in western Virginia and is oft visited by tourists from all around the country. Tickets have to be bought today in order to see this natural beauty, but it is well worth the price to see one of Virginia’s and the nations most sought after landmarks.
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