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New to Virginia? Here Are 5 Places to Visit Once You Get Settled

Welcome to Virginia! You must be hard at work unpacking boxes, painting walls, and deciding what you’re going to do once you have settled into your new home. No? You’re still looking for the perfect town to move into? Look no further! Here are some wonderful places to visit and explore in your new home or soon-to-be new home in the wonderful state of Virginia. 

  1. Shenandoah National Park

This sweeping national park  extends along the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are a physiographic province of the larger Appalachian Mountains range. The Skyline Drive runs its length, and a vast network of trails includes a section of the long-distance Appalachian Trail. Mostly forested, the park features wetlands, waterfalls and rocky peaks like Hawksbill and Old Rag mountains. Shenandoah is home to many bird species, plus deer, squirrels and the elusive black bear.

  1. George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon is an American landmark and former plantation of George Washington, the first president of the United States, and his wife, Martha. The estate is on the banks of the Potomac River in Fairfax County. The Washington family acquired land in the area in 1674. Around 1734, the family embarked on an expansion of its estate that continued under George Washington, who began leasing the estate in 1754 before becoming its sole owner in 1761.The mansion was built of wood in a loose Palladian style.

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3. Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery is a United States military cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., in whose 639 acres the dead of the nation’s conflicts have been buried, beginning with the Civil War, as well as reinterred dead from earlier wars. The grounds honor those who have served our nation and provide a sense of beauty and peace for our guests. Rolling green hills are dotted with trees that are hundreds of years in age, complementing the gardens found throughout the cemetery’s 639 acres. 

This impressive landscape serves as a tribute to the service and sacrifice of every individual laid to rest within these hallowed grounds. If you’re someone from a military family, a fascination with military history, or have a deep-respect for the history and welfare of the armed forces, you may consider looking into Arlington Real Estate if you haven’t moved into the state already. 

4. Monticello

For almost 100 years, Monticello has been maintained and kept open to the public by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc., which owns over 2,500 acres of Jefferson’s 5,000-acre plantation. As a private, nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation, the Foundation receives no ongoing federal, state, or local funding in support of its dual mission of preservation and education. Monticello encompassed a house, an ornamental landscape, a farm, a plantation, a small mountain, and a large and diverse community. It encapsulated the interests, talents, ideals, ambitions, and realities of its creative and complex owner.

5. Busch Gardens, Williamsburg

Busch Gardens Williamsburg is a 422-acre amusement park. Their theme is classic Europe with artfully landscaped villages, like the Parisian streets of France, the hamlets of Scotland and the Oktoberfest celebrations of Germany. In all, Busch Gardens has nine villages centered around six countries for you to explore. They are nestled near the banks of the James River which is the perfect place for a family vacation. From farm-to-table dining to activities by the water, this destination has something for everyone. 

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