Squirtle at the Tavern in Abingdon
Virginia must be the hottest place to find Pokémon in the country, if not the world! With all of the historic sites, state parks and outdoor recreation, there are pokestops and gyms nearly everywhere you look. We asked our friends around Virginia where to go to catch them all, and these were the spots that stood out for some of the best PokemonGo action. Tell us, where have you caught the best Pokémon in Virginia?
Bristol – State Street
Go back and forth between Tennessee and Virginia as you look for rare Pokémon, or battle it out with other players at one of the gyms right off of State Street.
Local Hotspots: Bristol Herald Courier, State Street
Pokémon Spotted: Bulbasaur, Venonat, Eevee
Several less common Pokémon have been spotted in this historic Virginia area, especially at Colonial Williamsburg!
Local Hotspots: Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg Premium Outlets, Busch Gardens, William & Mary campus
Pokémon Spotted: Krabby, Paras, Beedrill, Rattata, Pinsir, Pidgey, Pidgeotto, Eevee, Jigglypuff
Paras in Colonial Williamsburg
City of Richmond
The Capital of the Commonwealth has a rich history, and since the game is built around important locations, you can be sure to discover Pokémon around every corner of the city.
Local Hotspots: Canal Walk, Brown’s Island, Downtown area and the Capitol Grounds, The Jefferson, Carytown, VCU campus,
Pokémon Spotted: Zubat, Eevee, Pidgey, Pikachu, Psyduck
If you are in Roanoke, Center in the Square is crawling with Pokemon, and if you need to take a break, there are many restaurants in the district to grab a bite to eat.
Local Hotspots: Hotel Roanoke, The Historic City Market
Pokémon Spotted: Squirtle, Bulbasaur
Blacksburg’s Historic District
Blacksburg is a college town, but the Virginia Tech campus is not the only place you’ll find Pokémon. Walk the Historic District to discover some of the less common Pokémon.
Local Hotspots: Virginia Tech, Blacksburg Farmers Market
Pokémon Spotted: Goldeen, Kingler, Zubat, Fearow
Abingdon Historic District
In the mountains of Virginia, Abingdon is already a beautiful place to hike, but bring your phone along and you may be able to capture a few Pokémon.
Local Hotspots: The Tavern, Southwest Virginia Cultural Center & Marketplace
Pokémon Spotted: Squirtle, Clefairy
Clefairy at the Southwest Virginia Cultural Center & Marketplace
Old Town Winchester
Local Hotspots: Historic Downtown Walking Mall,
Pokémon Spotted: Flareon, Scyther
Charlottesville is home to Thomas Jefferson’s University of Virginia (the official rival for the Virginia Tech Hokies), and walking the college campus will reveal a slew of Pokémon. The Downtown Mall is also a popular spot for locals to catch them all!
Local Hotspots: The Downtown Mall, University of Virginia campus
Pokémon Spotted: Venonat
Virginia State Parks
Pokestops can be found at Trail Markers and Historic Landmarks throughout all Virginia State Parks.
Local Hotspots: With 36 total Virginia State Parks, you can find a park near you to go on the hunt.
Walk up and down the three mile boardwalk on the Atlantic Ocean to find many water-based Pokémon or visit the Virginia Aquarium to catch some Pokémon.
Local Hotspots: Virginia Aquarium, Virginia Beach Boardwalk, Red Wing Park
Pokémon Spotted: Pinsir, Krabby, Rattata, Slowpoke, Squirtle, Doduo, Oddish, Psyduck
Doduo at Virginia Beach Boardwalk
Here are a few other places around Virginia that you can catch Pokémon:
Walkerton Tavern—Glen Allen
Pokémon Spotted: Scyther
Valley Turnpike Museum—Harrisonburg
Pokémon Spotted: Weedle
Pokémon Spotted: Poliwag, Kakuneus, Abra
Pokémon Spotted: Zubat, Caterpie, Rattata, Venonat
Ben Lomond Historic Site—Manassas
Pokémon Spotted: Staryu
Riverwalk Landing—Historic Yorktown
Pokémon Spotted: Magikarp, Caterpie
Pokémon Spotted: Nidoran
Pokémon Spotted: Growlithe
Pokémon Spotted: Eevee
Fredericksburg Visitor Center—Fredericksburg
Pokémon Spotted: Eevee
Pokémon Spotted: Vulpix
Pokémon Spotted: Bellsprout
Pokémon Spotted: Jigglypuff
Pokémon Spotted: Rattata
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum—Alexandria
Pokémon Spotted: Staryu
Pokémon are constantly on the move, so you won’t necessarily find the listed Pokémon at these awesome Virginia attractions, but you are sure to catch a few while visiting these hot spots. When all else fails or you only have an hour to kill, hit up your local city or county park, as these are frequently full of Pokémon. Let us know where you have found the rarest Pokémon throughout Virginia below, and be sure to post your screenshots on the Virginia is for Lovers Facebook page, as well!