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Erin Gifford

Erin Gifford is a travel and outdoor writer based in Ashburn, Virginia. She is also the author of three guidebooks for Falcon Guides highlighting hiking trails in Virginia, as well as a web resource called GoHikeVirginia.com. She enjoys seeking out quirky roadside attractions, biking rail-trails, and hiking at state and national parks. She also runs half marathons and is working toward completing one in all 50 states.

Your Virginia Summer Bucket List

Summer is a great time to get outside in Virginia, whether four-wheeling on a rugged ATV trail, catching waves on a sandy stretch of coastline, or cooling off at a splashy water park. There are great indoor options, too, for when all you want is the chill of air conditioning. Think historic homes…

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Accessible Outdoor Adventures for Spring

There are outdoor adventures for everyone and for all abilities in Virginia, whether on land or water. All across Virginia, you’ll find campgrounds, playgrounds, trails for hiking and biking, boat cruises, fishing piers, and outdoor performance venues that can be enjoyed by everyone. Here are ten of…

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Your Virginia Spring Bucket List

Virginia is a wonderland that’s ripe for exploration in spring, whether paddling at state parks, pedaling on bike trails, or sampling varietals from a picturesque patio at any one of more than 300 wineries across Virginia. Here are 15 Virginia bucket list ideas to check off this spring! 1. Tiptoe…

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Your Virginia Winter Bucket List

Virginia has plenty of things to do during winter break and all winter long that are fun for the whole family, like snow tubing, first day hikes, whale watching, and winter festivals. Here are the 15 fun bucket list ideas you’ll want to check off before the end of winter. 1. Soak in Mineral Hot…

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Best Beach Towns for a Fun-Filled Fall Vacation

Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean you need to forgo getaways to coastal towns. In fact, thanks to fewer crowds, off-season deals, and family-friendly festivals, fall may be the best time for a coastal getaway. Grab a light jacket or sweater and let’s go! 1. Colonial Beach Situated on…

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Virginia's Best Mountain Towns to Visit in the Fall

It’s safe to say that we’ve got more than a few picture-perfect mountain towns in Virginia thanks to the rugged Appalachians and Blue Ridge Mountains that cut across the state. Fall is a great time to explore these towns for vibrantly-colored foliage, fall festivals, scenic hiking and biking, and…

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10 Fall Outdoor Adventures in Virginia

Fall is a great time to get outside for an adventure in Virginia. The temps have cooled and the leaves are ready to put on a show. Get ready to get up, get out, and savor all that’s great about fall in Virginia, whether on a bike, in a kayak, or on a sightseeing steam train. Let’s go. 1. Bike the…

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Stunning Wineries Near Shenandoah National Park

Let's be honest, it's hard to beat a glass of wine after a hike, especially at a bucolic vineyard with wide-open views at one of the best wineries near Shenandoah National Park. Imagine settling in to an Adirondack chair, glass of award-winning wine in hand, savoring wondrous mountain views. Ahh…

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A Road Trip on the Wilderness Road in Southwest Virginia

The pages of your history books will absolutely explode to life when you set your GPS for the Wilderness Road in Southwest Virginia. Also known as U.S. Route 58, this famed 100-mile stretch of highway follows the path once traveled by westward-bound settlers in the 1700's. Back then, frontiersman…

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