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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

Major Industries:

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)

Popular Tourist Attractions:

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, Potomac Mills

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.

Outdoor Recreation

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 Tourism Corporation, Virginia Tourism Website

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