Growing up, I was obsessed with early American history. For years I begged my parents for an American Girl doll. I was so excited when I finally unwrapped Felicity under the Christmas tree years ago. Felicity grew up in Colonial Virginia during the early days of the Revolutionary War. From then, my obsession with Virginia began. I started to beg my parents to take me to Colonial Williamsburg.
Virginia is one of the first states in the United States and is home to over 400 years of history. From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia also is home to a diverse landscape and culture.
Greater Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. is one of my favorite cities. Over the years I have spent a lot of time in our nation’s capital. Most tourists just stay near the National Mall and the White House. That’s a huge mistake! Alexandria and Arlington are two beautiful, historic cities worth exploring.
Washington D.C. is notoriously expensive. The Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria is an affordable luxury just outside the capital’s center. Rooms are stylish with views of the Potomac River and the nearby historic mansions. Spend the morning exploring the cobblestone streets and the Carlyle House before hopping the Metro for the six-minute ride into D.C.
If you are looking for a little more luxury, the four-star Westin Alexandria Hotel offers modern, clean rooms with refrigerators, flat-screen TVs, and plush bedding. Rent a bicycle and ride the 2.5 miles down the street to the famed Carlyle area or the nearby waterfront.
Located just a 15-minute walk from historic Georgetown, the Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge is the perfect place for business travelers and tourists alike. It’s one stop away from the National Mall on the Metro and a short walk from many restaurants, pubs, and business parks. All rooms are modern with free Wi-Fi access.
Richmond is the capital of Virginia and sits along the James River about 100 miles south of Washington, D.C. The city is home to many world-class museums, churches, and historic homes. The arts are strong in Richmond, so you don’t want to miss a show at the local playhouse or the opening of a new art gallery.
Located in downtown Richmond, the Richmond Marriott Hotel is near Virginia Commonwealth University and many museums and restaurants. Starting at $129 a night, the rooms have the Southern charm you would expect in this city. Make sure you ask for a room on the higher floors for a great view of the city at night.
Virginia Beach is Virginia’s largest city, with more than 400,000 people calling it home. Situated at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach is a popular vacation spot for both Virginians and tourists year-round.
The Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel is on the boardwalk near Neptune’s Park. The hotel offers large modern rooms with stunning views of the ocean, free Wi-Fi, and premium bedding. When you’re tired of the nearby sandy beaches, hit the hotel’s indoor or outdoor pool to relax.
With so many awesome options, Virginia is a great place to learn a little early American history.
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