Located midway between New York and Florida, Virginia is the gateway to
the South. It is also sometimes classified in the Mid-Atlantic region. The
Commonwealth is bordered by Washington, D.C., the nation's capital, and
Maryland to the north; the Atlantic Ocean to the east; North Carolina and
Tennessee to the south; and West Virginia and Kentucky to the west.
Western Virginia is mountainous, covered by the Allegheny and Blue Ridge
mountains with the great Shenandoah Valley falling between the ranges. The
central piedmont region, with its rolling hills, flattens out into the
sandy coastal plain toward the Atlantic Ocean.
Mild with four distinct seasons
42,767 square miles
6,872,900 in 1999
Manufacturing, exports, tourism, which accounted for $13.1 billion in
2000 - up from $12.4 billion in 1999 - and employed more than 200,000
workers), high technology and agriculture
Richmond (since 1780)
Western: Abingdon, Blue Ridge Mountains, Blue Ridge Parkway, Bristol,
Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, Lexington, Luray Caverns, Natural
Bridge, Roanoke, Shenandoah National Park, Shenandoah Valley, Skyline
Drive, Staunton, Winchester
Central: Charlottesville and Monticello, Danville, Paramount's Kings
Dominion, Petersburg, Richmond
Northern: Alexandria, Arlington and Arlington National Cemetery,
Fredericksburg and Fredericksburg National Battlefield Parks, Mount Vernon,
Tidewater: Williamsburg area, including Busch Gardens, Colonial
Williamsburg, Jamestown, Williamsburg Pottery and Yorktown; Norfolk;
Virginia Beach; and Chincoteague/Assateague on the Eastern Shore
Six interstate highways, 11 commercial airports and passenger rail
service put Virginia within easy reach of major North American cities.
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Washington Dulles
International Airport, both located in Virginia, are major gateways for
foreign travel with 379 weekly departures to 31 destinations.
Arguably the most historic of all 50 United States, Virginia is a
veritable microcosm of American heritage. Residents here preserve and
interpret everything historic, from colonial towns and trails to
20th-century diners. If you want living history, you'll find it
representing nearly every era at special events and destinations all year
long. For free brochures, call the following numbers: African-American
heritage, (800) 321-3244; Native-American heritage, (800) 221-6909; and
Civil War battlefields and sites, (888) CIVIL WAR.
Inject a little excitement into your vacation with the help of Virginia
outfitters who package everything from caving, boating, offshore and
freshwater fishing, beachfront sports, llama trekking, inn-to-inn hiking,
cycling and camping adventures, white-water rafting and sea kayaking. Golf
and ski resorts abound here. Each year, in fact, Virginia golf resorts are
ranked among the top in the country in a host of national magazines. More
than one-fourth of the Appalachian Trail runs through the mountains of
Virginia and youíll find more caverns here than in nearly any other East
Coast state. For a free outdoor brochure call (800) 827-3325. For a golf
brochure, call (800) 93BACK9.
Virginia Information Courtesy Virginia
Virginia Tourism Website
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