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    Camping Destinations for Fall Fun

    by Casey | Posted on September 12th, 2013

    Camping can be about getting away from it all, but it can also be about thrifty travel. If you save money on your accommodation, that savings can then be applied to nearby attractions and dining. Give it a try at one of these campgrounds that have great fun nearby.

    Williamsburg KOA

    Williamsburg KOA

    Williamsburg KOA was built for family fun with many on-site special events and tons of fun nearby, too. The campground can accommodate RVs and campers of all sizes, but boast deluxe cabins with linens provided, too.

    SPECIAL DEAL: Stay Free on Thursdays when you book Friday & Saturday nights!

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    Ed Allen’s Campground and Cottages in Lanexa rests along the shores of Chickahominy Lake. It’s 85 acres of hardwoods, which equals stunning foliage. The lake sunsets rival the best you’ve seen anywhere, and the fishing is good, too.

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    Northwest River Park Campground

    Northwest River Park Campground

    Northwest River Park Campground is a 763-acre escape Chesapeake, and is a usual on the “Best of Chesapeake” list. Electric and non-electric sites are available, as well as camping cabins.

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    Fredericksburg/Washington DC South KOA is located in Fredericksburg amid Civil War battlefields. Like its Williamsburg KOA cousin, there are plenty of pull-through sites, tent sites and cabins awaiting your arrival.

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    Find more great camping for your fall weekends at Virginia.org/CampingRVing, or check out a couple of our camping-related blog posts below.

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    Happy National Bike Month!

    by Casey | Posted on May 7th, 2013

    May is National Bike Month and we’re happy to tell you all about casual, relaxed biking in Virginia.

    Virginia Capital Trail

    Virginia Capital Trail

    Arguably Virginia’s most well-known bicycling destination is the Virginia Creeper Trail. This rails-to-trails initiative runs 34.3 miles from Abingdon to Whitetop Mountain (the second highest summit in Virginia). Avoid the mountain climb by taking a shuttle from Damascus to Whitetop and coasting all the way down. Bike Rentals

    Just re-opened last spring is the 31-mile High Bridge Trail State Park trail. Touching four counties and five towns, the trail is wide and mostly flat with the amazing 2,400-foot-long 1853 High Bridge as its centerpiece.

    The Blue Ridge Parkway is a bike path for the ages. The altitude ranges from 600 to 6,000 feet and the views are second to none. Choose  a common entry point and ride for a while (out and back) to avoid drastic elevation changes. We suggest biking between mileposts 24 and 0 where the total elevation change heading north is 1,450 feet. Avoid the first major up Note that bicyclists should expect significant distances between developed areas, so use caution regarding wildlife and be sure to bring plenty of water and high energy foods. More Tips

    The W&OD Trail

    The W&OD Trail

    Virginia’s most extensive bicycle network is found in Northern Virginia. Primarily used for transportation, the trails and paths also lend themselves to recreation and relaxation. Most noted in this network is the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park’s 45-mile paved shared-use path that connects Shirlington in Alexandria to Purcellville in Loudoun County.

    The Virginia Capital Trail will one day connect Virginia’s first settlement (Jamestown) to its first Colonial Capital (Williamsburg) to the current Capital in Richmond. At 54 miles long, the trail follows the Route 5 Virginia Byway, so cyclists can take in the beauty of the James River plantations as well as Revolutionary War and Civil War battlefields. Currently there are four sections of the trail complete – seven miles between the Chickahominy Riverfront and Greensprings, seven and one-half-mile Charles City courthouse section, and one mile of the Richmond Riverfront.

    Liberty Mountain Trail System

    Liberty Mountain Trail System

    Those looking for a more challenging ride will love the Liberty Mountain Trail System in Lynchburg. It includes more than 65 miles of single and double track trails and logging roads spanning about 5,000 acres. Liberty Mountain rises over 1,360 feet offering cross country and gravity-fed trails. More Mountain Biking

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    Great Shopping Deals in Virginia

    by Casey | Posted on November 15th, 2012

    ‘Tis the season for gift-giving and Virginia has you covered with great outlet shopping.

    Williamsburg Premium Outlets

    Williamsburg Premium Outlets

    Virginia’s Premium Outlets are located in Leesburg and Williamsburg. Sign up to be a VIP Shopper (for free) and receive access to online coupons, the VIP Coupon Book and advance notification of sales events.

    In Leesburg, the outlet includes 110 high-end stores like Michael Kors, Coach, Burberry, Juicy Couture and Barneys New York.

    In Williamsburg you’ll find 135 stores with some of the above plus Dooney & Bourke and Calvin Klein.

    Both outlets will be “Black Friday” havens as several stores are opening at midnight on November 23 and will entertain extended hours all weekend. Better yet, quite a few are opening Thanksgiving night at 9 p.m.

    Woodbridge is home to Potomac Mills Mall – Virginia’s largest mall with more than 200 retailers, including Bloomingdales – The Outlet Store, DKNY and The LEGO Store. When you need a break, take the bags to the car and enjoy a movie at one of the 18 AMC Theatres. Stores open at midnight on the 23rd and have extended hours all weekend.

    Find more great shopping locations at Virginia.org and don’t forget “Shop Small Saturday” (November 24) for great local deals in Virginia’s charming downtowns.

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    Air Shows Delight Young, Young at Heart

    by Casey | Posted on April 24th, 2012

    The loop-de-loop tricks, the buzz of small engines, and the ability to get up close and personal with pilots and their aircraft make for one exciting day of family fun in Virginia.

    WWII vintage planes will attend. Photo by Mike Likavec

    WWII vintage plane at Virginia Regional Festival of Flight. Photo by Mike Likavec.

    This weekend, April 28 & 29, is the Virginia Regional Festival of Flight in Suffolk. It is estimated that hundreds of planes – military, home-built, antique, light sport, ultralights, and powered parachute crafts – will fly-in to the Suffolk Regional Airport for this festival.

    Attendees of the Festival of Flight can expect a flight simulator, skydivers, radio-controlled aircraft demonstrations, and hands-on workshops. Sunday’s feature event will be the Young Eagles flights for children 8 to 17. The flights are free!

    Choreographed flight is nothing new, but have you seen vintage aircraft “dance” their way through a ballet with the Virginia Symphony?

    The Flying Proms Symphonic Air Show will delight all in attendance on Saturday, May 5 in Virginia Beach at the Military Aviation Museum. Experience the Museum before heading out for the show. VIP, general admission, lawn, and special student rates are available.

    The Blue Angels Air Demonstration Squadron

    The Blue Angels Air Demonstration Squadron

    Later in May and also at the Military Aviation Museum, Warbirds Over the Beach WWII Air Show sweeps in with bombers, fighters, and more. Make a weekend of it May 18-20 with a Big Band hangar dance and steak dinner. Dress in your 1940s best!

    Sleek precision is key for the Blue Angels and you’ll have your chance to see them show off at the Blue Angels Air Show over the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, June 1-3, as part of the Patriotic Festival: A Celebration of Our Military. In addition to the military displays and demos, concerts will be performed by country music sensation Miranda Lambert, roots reggae group Steel Pulse, and American Idol 2011 winner Scotty McCreery.

    Any ol’ Sunday you find yourself in Fauquier County, you must go to The Flying Circus Airfield in Bealeton. From 2:30 to 4 from May until the end of October, you’ll see stunts performed by expert pilots in their vintage biplanes. Serious stunts. Like a wingwalker hanging upside down from a plane’s wing. Who in their right mind … ?? It’s a must see!

    Keep an eye to the sky and fulfill your family’s vacation desires in Virginia. LOVE is at the heart of every Virginia vacation. Request your free travel guide at www.virginia.org/TravelGuide/.



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    PHOTOS: Space Shuttle Discovery

    by Casey | Posted on April 20th, 2012

    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

    Overnight Travel:
    Air and Space Museum Package by Hyatt Place Dulles Aiport South in Chantilly
    Udvar-Hazy Discovery Package by Comfort Inn & Suites Dulles Gateway Hotel in Sterling
    Family Getaway Package by Hampton Inn Dulles Airport South in Chantilly
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    Enterprise awaits Discovery

    Enterprise awaits Discovery. Photo by Casey Higgins.

    Discovery flight crew make their way past Enterprise to welcome the new addition.

    Discovery flight crew make their way past Enterprise to welcome the new addition. Photo by Casey Higgins.

    John Glenn arrives at the celebration. Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth, oldest person to travel in space, and so much more.

    John Glenn arrives at the celebration. Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth, oldest person to travel in space, and so much more. Photo by Casey Higgins.

    United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps

    United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps. Photo by Casey Higgins.

    Discovery begins her approach to take center stage with Enterprise.

    Discovery begins her approach to take center stage with Enterprise. Photo by Casey Higgins.

    Discovery approaches Enterprise

    Discovery approaches Enterprise. Photo by Casey Higgins.

    Discovery gets ever closer with her astronaut escort.

    Discovery gets ever closer with her astronaut escort. Photo by Casey Higgins.

    Space Shuttles Enterprise and Discovery

    Space Shuttles Enterprise and Discovery. Photo by Casey Higgins.

    Nose to nose, Enterprise and Discovery meet for the first time.

    Nose to nose, Enterprise and Discovery meet for the first and last time. Photo by Casey Higgins.

    Discovery's flight crew

    Discovery's flight crew. Photo by Casey Higgins.

     

    John Glenn took the stage to address the Welcome Discovery Celebration

    John Glenn address the attendees of the Welcome Discovery Celebration. Photo by Casey Higgins.

     

    John Glenn departs from Discovery

    John Glenn departs from Discovery. Photo by Casey Higgins.

    Eileen Collins takes a moment to sign an autograph. Collins was the first female to pilot a shuttle, and it happened to be Discovery.

    Eileen Collins takes a moment to sign an autograph. Collins was the first female to pilot a shuttle, and it happened to be Discovery. Photo by Casey Higgins.

    Enterprise and Discovery nose to nose

    Enterprise and Discovery nose to nose. Photo by Dave Neudeck.



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