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National Travel & Tourism Week

Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday

National Travel & Tourism Week is May 3–9, and even though we can’t actually get out and travel around the Commonwealth at this time, we still want to celebrate all the iconic places, delicious restaurants, and outdoor experiences that make for an incredible Virginia vacation. Each day, support a different aspect of Virginia travel and share your stories with us on our social media channels using #SpiritOfTravel.

Monday: Small Town LOVE


Small towns and local businesses everywhere have been greatly impacted by COVID-19, and when it’s safe, they will be the first to welcome patrons through their doors with open arms. We look forward to the day when Virginia’s main streets are bustling again with chatter at local eateries and shoppers strolling from store to store. In the meantime, we’d like to offer inspiration for a trip in the future to a charming Virginia small town.

Tuesday: Takeout Tuesday


With the closure of restaurant dining rooms, many Virginia restaurants have switched to takeout and delivery, allowing you to enjoy some of Virginia’s finest fare while also following COVID-19 social distancing rules. Rather cook something up yourself? Order fresh produce, organic meats and dairy, and other locally made products from a Virginia’s Farmers Market to create an unforgettable Virginia meal at home!

Wednesday: Iconic Virginia


It’s hard to imagine Virginia without it’s world-class historic sites, iconic hotels, and family-fun attractions. Our presidential homes, theme parks, caverns, race tracks, zoos and aquariums, and places to stay are all looking forward to hosting visitors again soon. Many are offering incredible virtual experiences to keep you entertained. Start planning your next visit for when the time is right.

Thursday: Thirsty Thursday


Whether you prefer Virginia wine, craft beer, spirits, or cider, you can get many of your favorite Virginia drinks shipped directly to your door to practice social distancing while also observing Thirsty Thursday!

Friday: Fresh Air Fridays


Now more than ever, we are itching to get outside and enjoy the natural beauty of our national parks, state parks, local trails, and hidden beaches. For now, we hope you are getting out for a walk or bike ride until you can visit these places again soon. If you have some extra time around the house, then it may be a perfect time to start planning your next great outdoor adventure right here in Virginia.

Saturday: The Great Virginia Oyster Roast


While you may not currently be able to enjoy Virginia’s oysters at a nearby restaurant, you can still host an oyster roast right in your own backyard by ordering a bushel or two from a Virginia oyster farm. Find out which oyster farms are offering pickup, delivery, and shipping, allowing you to plan your own Great Virginia Oyster Roast (and don’t forget to pair with a nice Virginia wine!).

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