A visit to Virginia is about discovery. The state's got an old-school vibe with well-loved country stores, diners, drive-ins and soda fountains just waiting to be rediscovered. Photo-rich and close-up ready – destinations that are off the beaten path hold the most promise.

Beauty and authenticity line the Main Streets of Virginia's small towns. Quaint hotels run by kind folks wait to serve as home away from home for visitors from around the world. Cobble-stone streets tell the stories of Generals, Presidents and rock stars.

Stunning mountain vistas share space with coastal waterways. Each corner of the state is full of unexpected treasures that work their way into visitors' hearts and create a lifetime of great memories.