Heritage and natural beauty abound in Central Virginia.
Settlers arrived in Central Virginia as early as 1617. Today's living history interpreters love sharing those stories at Henricus Historical Park - where Pocahontas grew up, and Wilton House Museum - Richmond's own Georgian plantation.
Richmond's Jackson Ward neighborhood is considered "The Birthplace of Black Capitalism." Don't miss sites honoring African Americans who helped shape the nation as we know it today: Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, Black History Museum & Cultural Center, and the L. Douglas Wilder Library at Virginia Union University.
Take the Civil War Trails that follow the campaigns to see preserved battlefields through Richmond, Petersburg and finally, on to Appomattox. Visit sites like The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier and Appomattox Court House & National Historical Park.
Other historical sites in Central Virginia include those of the presidential variety: Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, James Monroe's Ash Lawn-Highland, and James Madison's Montpelier.
The National D-Day Memorial was built in Bedford to honor the community that lost more solders per capita than any other during the invasion of Normandy during World War II.
Two acclaimed resorts are in Central Virginia - Wintergreen and Boar's Head - as well as the famous Jefferson Hotel, which has been a premiere hotel for more than a century.
Don't miss Kings Dominion, a theme park just north of Richmond boasting world-renowned roller coasters. Outdoors and sports in Central Virginia include great fun - from ballooning and camping to horseback riding and tennis. Dubbed "The Jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains," Smith Mountain Lake is Virginia's second largest body of freshwater with 500 miles of shoreline. Eight State Parks and a multitude of beautiful gardens await as well.
For cultural interests, see the spectacular Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and sip the local flavor at wineries and craft breweries. Quite a variety of events are awaiting you as well.
Enjoy your stay in Central Virginia!