For Friends

Everyone knows Virginia is for Lovers, but do you know just how much there is to do in every Virginia vacation experience? From VA’s Triple Crown and Double IPAs in VA’s Blue Ridge Mountains, to the waterfalls and waterfronts in the shadow of the Capitol in Northern VA, to the tracks left behind by ATVs and country music legends in Southwestern VA, there’s some things for everybody, and within a stone’s throw from your stay. Come discover why a Virginia vacation is all that you love, all in one trip.

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COASTAL | CENTRAL & COASTAL | CENTRAL & SHENANDOAH VALLEY | NORTHERN | VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS | SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

COASTAL

Virginia Beach Rooftop

Prepare for an unforgettable journey along Virginia's coast, perfect for you and your friends! Begin with the vibrant atmosphere of Virginia Beach, followed by a touch of elegance at the Cavalier Hotel. Add a unique twist with a kayak adventure at Chatham Vineyards, and conclude your experience with the dynamic nightlife in Norfolk's Neon District. This trip promises a perfect blend of excitement and relaxation, crafted for creating lasting memories together.

Stop 1: Virginia Beach Oceanfront and ViBe District

Kick off your adventure at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront and Boardwalk, where the beach's vibrant energy sets the perfect tone for your trip. From beach sports to live music, there's something for every friend in your group. Head over to the ViBe Creative District, a vibrant hub for artists, creative businesses, restaurants and local shops. 

Stop 2: Orion’s Rooftop

Orion's Rooftop is an elevated escape with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Virginia Beach Boardwalk. Pair the incredible views with handcrafted cocktails and expertly prepared Sushi in a modern rooftop-garden setting for an evening you won’t forget!

Stop 3: Chatham Winery + Kayak Experience

Enjoy a relaxing 45-minute paddle to Chatham Vineyards. Learn about local wildlife and aquaculture from the experts at Southeast Expeditions before rewarding yourselves with a wine tasting session. 

Stop 4: Sunset Elizabeth River Sailing Cruise

There's no better way to bond with friends than on a Sunset Elizabeth River Sailing Cruise. Enjoy breathtaking views, refreshing drinks, and the kind of peaceful atmosphere that only comes from being on the water at dusk.

Stop 5: Neon District, Norfolk

Norfolk’s Neon District is a vibrant canvas of outdoor art and street murals, where every wall and corner bursts with creative energy, making it a must-see for lovers of local culture, street art, and delicious local cuisines.

CENTRAL & COASTAL

Belle Isle

For a memorable adventure in Virginia, this itinerary to Richmond and Williamsburg is perfect for friend groups looking for a blend of adventure, history and culture. Explore diverse neighborhoods in Richmond, step back in time at Colonial Williamsburg and explore the serene Northern Neck for a taste of local culture and coastal dining.

Stop 1: Explore the James River 

The James River in Richmond is an urban oasis, offering serene waterside trails, thrilling rapids for whitewater enthusiasts, and picturesque spots that invite both adventure and relaxation in the heart of the city. Start with a hike along the North Bank Trail or explore the Potterfield Bridge to see scenic views of the Richmond skyline. Once you’ve had your fill of adventure, you’re right next door to Richmond’s many neighborhoods like Carytown and Church Hill, where you can find boutique shopping, delicious southern and international cuisine, or a cocktail overlooking the city.

Stop 2: Colonial Williamsburg’s Merchants Square

After wandering through the cobblestone streets of Colonial Williamsburg, enjoy exploring Merchants Square, a unique shopping and dining location with over 40 shops and restaurants in a charming setting. Check out Precarious Beer Project, a modern brewing company with progressive beers or the Williamsburg Winery Tasting Room. 

Stop 3: Northern Neck 

Spend the day exploring the Northern Neck, a region with distinct small towns, local shops and coastal dining. Check out Vine, a local wine bar in Irvington for a great selection of wine and craft beers, or Merroir for relaxed waterfront eating. 

Stop 4: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Immerse yourselves in the world of art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. With its expansive collections ranging from ancient to contemporary, it's an inspiring experience that sparks conversation and connection. Stroll through Carytown, located a quick 5-minute walk from the VMFA for local shopping and dining.

Stop 5: Richmond’s Mimosa Trail

Follow the Mimosa Trail in Richmond for a classic brunch experience or a unique food adventure- ideal for a friends’ outing. The self-guided tour features restaurants all over the region that offer different versions of mimosas.

CENTRAL & SHENANDOAH VALLEY

Monticello Wine Tour & Coach Co hosts a group at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

Gather your friends for an unforgettable road trip around Charlottesville. From the awe-inspiring depths of Luray Caverns to the breathtaking mountain views in Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive, there's an adventure around every corner. Add in a tasting on the Monticello Wine Trail or at Bold Rock Cidery, and you've got the perfect blend of nature, discovery, and relaxation.

Stop 1: Monticello Wine Trail

No visit to Charlottesville is complete without visiting Wine Enthusiast’s 2023 Wine Region of the year! Enjoy the afternoon exploring the Monticello Wine Trail, which consists of more than 30 beautiful wineries located within easy access of Charlottesville. From casual tastings to tours of the vineyards, it's a flavorful exploration of Charlottesville's wine country.

Stop 2: Luray Caverns

Explore the depths of Luray Caverns together, marveling at the ancient formations and the unique acoustics of the underground world. It's a shared adventure that starts your trip with a sense of wonder.

Stop 3: Shenandoah National Park

Bond over the beauty of nature in Shenandoah National Park. With over 500 miles of trails to discover, there are plenty of hikes for all outdoor lovers! Try Hawksbill Summit, a 2-mile there-and-back hike with nearly 360-degree views at the top.  

Stop 4: Downtown Charlottesville

Spend the afternoon exploring the Downtown Mall, a brick-paved pedestrian walkway with a mix of restored and renovated buildings. Visitors can enjoy shopping, dining and entertainment with 120 shops and 30 restaurants. Be sure to check out the Fridays After Five, a free concert series at the Ting Pavilion located on the Downtown Mall.

Stop 5: Bold Rock Nellysford Cidery

Gather your friends for a laid-back afternoon at Bold Rock Cidery, nestled along the Nelson 151 trail. Enjoy the relaxed vibe, sample a variety of ciders, and soak in the stunning views. It's a perfect spot for making memories and toasting to friendship amidst the beauty of Virginia's countryside.

NORTHERN

King Street Shopping

Northern Virginia has everything you need for the perfect friends’ trip – urban adventures, incredible wine, and amazing nightlife. Explore the quaint streets of Old town Alexandria or taste some of the world’s best wines at one of the 50+ wineries in Loudoun County! Your NoVA getaway has a little something for everyone.

Stop 1: Old Town Alexandria / Waterfront

Spend an afternoon strolling the historic streets in Old town Alexandria. Be sure to stop along the Waterfront, named one of the Best River Walks in the USA. Take in the views of the Potomac River and Washington, D.C. Visit The Torpedo Factory Art Center, home to the largest collection of publicly accessible working artist studios in the U.S. Enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants lining the waterfront like Ada’s on the River or BARCA Pier.

Stop 2: Wine Tasting in Loudoun 

With more than 50 wineries and tasting rooms in the county, visitors to Loudoun can’t miss an afternoon of unique winery experiences, including tastings, tours, wine dinners and live music. Share a toast to your love at some wineries with a view including Stone Tower Winery, Bluemont Vineyard and Hillsborough Winery, Brewery & Vineyard.

Stop 3: Great Falls Park

Just a short drive from the hustle and bustle, this natural oasis offers breathtaking views of the Potomac River as it cascades over rugged rocks. Witness the majestic beauty of Great Falls Park, where you can enjoy scenic hikes, picnics, and breathtaking views of the Potomac River.

Stop 4: Spa Retreat

Treat yourselves to a day at Balian Springs Spa and Wellness Club where your group can enjoy unlimited access to Hydrotherapy Pools, Saunas and lounges. Book a treatment at the Lilikoi Day Spa for massages or hair, nail and skin treatments.

Stop 5: Catch a show at Wolf Trap

America’s only national park dedicated solely to the performing arts, Wolf Trap is a perfect place to enjoy a picnic with Virginia Wine under the stars while listening to live music. Arrive early for a leisurely hike in the park before the show begins.

VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS

Carvins Cove Natural Reserve

Roanoke is where you and your friends can hit the trails by day and explore the city’s cool side by night. From mountain views to urban brews, it’s a spot that serves up a solid mix of outdoor action and downtown attractions.

Stop 1: Hiking Virginia’s Triple Crown

Challenge yourselves with a hike to Virginia’s Triple Crown. The trails to McAfee Knob, Tinker Cliffs, and Dragon's Tooth offer not just physical challenges but also reward you with some of the most spectacular views in Virginia.

Stop 2: Downtown Roanoke 

Start the day with a visit to the Roanoke Star and Overlook on top of Mill Mountain. The perfect place to catch views of Roanoke. Enjoy dinner and drinks at one of the many farm-to-table restaurants in Roanoke such as The River & Rail and Lucky.

Stop 3: Carvin’s Cove

Located less than 8 miles from downtown Roanoke, this is the perfect place to get outside. Experience the thrill of mountain biking with numerous trails catering to all skill levels or rent a kayal or SUP and spend the day on the water.

Stop 4: Black Dog Salvage

Spend some time at Black Dog Salvage, searching through an eclectic mix of vintage finds and creative repurposes. It’s a unique way to find a memorable souvenir of your trip together.

Stop 5: Natural Bridge State Park

Marvel together at the splendor of Natural Bridge State Park. It’s a testament to nature’s artistry, providing a stunning backdrop for photos and a peaceful space for reflection on the beauty of friendship and adventure.

SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

Spearhead Trails

Southwest Virginia is a go-to for friends looking to dive into classic americana and Virginia’s Music Country, where every corner has a story, live tunes fill the air, and the vibe is as welcoming as it gets. It's the ideal spot for an adventure if you love all things music and mountains.

Stop 1: Spearhead Trails

Experience the rush of ATV riding on the Spearhead Trails, navigating through diverse terrains and enjoying the freedom of the great outdoors with your closest friends.

Stop 2: Carter Family Fold / The Crooked Road Music Trail

Experience authentic Appalachian country music on Virginia’s Crooked Road Music Trail. Hear live music at the iconic Friday Night Jamboree at Floyd Country Store, learn to “flatfoot” at the Carter Family Fold, or see where it all started at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

Stop 3: Main Street Bristol

Dive into the lively atmosphere of Main Street Bristol, where unique shops, cafes, and street art make for an enjoyable day exploring the heart of the city with friends.

Stop 4: The Bristol Hotel 

Enjoy the views and vibes at The Bristol Hotel's rooftop, where cocktails and laughter flow against the backdrop of the city's skyline, perfect for a memorable night out.

Stop 5: Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Connect over the shared history at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, exploring the impact of country music on American culture and its roots in the region.