Fast Facts About Virginia

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    Almost Everything You Might Want to Know about Virginia

    Location:

     
    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.

    Geography:

     
    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.

    Climate:

     
    Mild with four distinct seasons

    Area:

     
    42,767 square miles

    Population:

     
    8,260,045 (2013 estimate per US Census Bureau)

    Capital:

     
    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, Kings Dominion, Petersburg, Richmond
      Northern: Alexandria, Arlington and Arlington National Cemetery, Fredericksburg and Fredericksburg National Battlefield Parks, Mount Vernon, Potomac Mills, Little Washington 
      Coastal: Williamsburg area, including Busch Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown; Norfolk; Virginia Beach; and Chincoteague/Assateague on the Eastern Shore
Last Updated: 3/19/2014 2:00 PM
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