Space Shuttle Discovery nearly touched noses with Space Shuttle Enterprise as she was escorted by her entourage of astronauts to the forefront of a celebration in her honor on Thursday, April 19, 2012. The space-worn Discovery is now settled in as the crown jewel of the collection at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly.
Visiting the Museum:
14390 Air & Space Museum Parkway * Chantilly, VA 20151
Hours of Operation: 10 AM to 5:30 PM
Extended Summer Hours (May 25-September 3): 10 AM to 6:30 PM
Open daily except for December 25
Admission is free
Parking is $15; Annual passes available; Free parking after 4 PM
McDonalds & McCafe are on-site
Bright green foliage emerges from the trees, the buds burst open, and new life springs all around. Spring in Virginia is an inspirational season. Get outside and enjoy it!
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Edmonds Farm in Lancaster is a working farm owned that specializes in premium, all natural Bison and pork. March 8, 2012.
Renowned for southern hospitality since Thomas Jefferson’s era, the historic Natural Bridge Hotel & Conference Center is adjacent to the Natural Bridge & Cedar Creek Trail. The cherry blossoms are beautiful! April 1, 2012.
Daffodils are springing up all over Virginia! April 4, 2011.
Once part of Berkeley Plantation, Edgwood Plantation (circa 1849) is now a bed and breakfast. April 5, 2008.
View, touch, experience and explore nature at its best at the Virginia Living Museum. April 7, 2009.
Springtime at the Virginia State Capitol. April 11, 2008.
Colonial Williamsburg is the world’s largest living history museum. It is the restored 18th-century capital of Britain’s largest, wealthiest, most populous outpost in the New World. It is also the story of the United States and how diverse peoples and cultures created a society that valued liberty and equality. April 19, 2009.
A national natural landmark, Caledon Natural Area Preserve is known as one of the largest concentrations of American bald eagles on the East Coast. April 27, 2011.
The town of Blackstone was settled in the mid 18th century at the cross roads of several stage coach and transportation routes. It was originally named Blacks & Whites for its two rival tavern keepers. May 1, 2011.
The Anne Spencer House and Garden is the location of internationally acclaimed Harlem Renaissance poet Anne Spencer’s writing cottage. Restored in the 1980′s, the garden served as the inspiration for much of her poetry. May 5, 2011.
The historic 105-mile Skyline Drive, a National Scenic Byway, traverses Shenandoah National Park, a beautiful, historic national treasure. View wildlife and breathtaking views of Virginia. May 10, 2009.
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Fall is the favorite time for visiting the Blue Ridge as the amazing color of the the hillsides and the road shoulders are in full glory. The Parkway varies in elevation from 650 feet to over 6,000 feet. The elevation plays a key role in the color change so be sure to venture north and south on the parkway and look east and west at different sections to see all of the beautiful foliage.
You don’t want to miss Mabry Mill, one of the most photographed spots on the parkway. This historic water-powered gristmill and sawmill at Milepost 176.2, also has a blacksmith shop. Many demonstrations take place with Applebutter making on Sundays in October as well as good old fashioned Bluegrass music. Stop at the Mabry Mill Restaurant nearby to get some of their famous buckwheat pancakes.
Further north on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 86 is Peaks of Otter – Flat Top, Sharp Top and Harkening Hill. The summit of Flat
Top or Sharp Top offers a unique opportunity to enjoy spectacular scenic vistas and sunrises. Interpretative programs, wildlife exhibits, walking trails, self guided wildflower walks, picnic areas, campground, restaurant and lodge are available in this developed area of the Blue Ridge Parkway.