Virginia is for Lovers

June is Great Outdoors Month in Virginia, and to mark the start of the outdoor adventure season, Virginia is for Lovers is taking you on an epic tour of some of the most remarkable outdoor destinations found in the Commonwealth.

Follow three adventure-loving individuals as they mountain bike, sky dive, kayak, and hike through the stunning terrain of Roanoke, the Eastern Shore, and Shenandoah. Then, use our outdoor itineraries to embark on your own adrenaline-fueled trek and share your stories on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using hashtag #wanderloveva

  • Jessica Festa
    Coastal Virginia - Eastern Shore - Jessica Festa

    A native New Yorker and frequent globe trotter, Jessica Festa has spent much of her life looking for exciting outdoor adventures in every corner of the world, seeking out the mountain biking, cycling, and hiking trails in each new destination. She uses these international experiences to teach others how to make their travel dreams a reality, sharing her insider tips on her blog, Jessie on a Journey, as well as contributing to Epicure & Culture, an online tourism publication.

    "I can't wait to explore Virginia's waters through adventure tourism -- and then through the palate via fresh seafood feasts washed down with local wine and craft cocktails!"

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  • Brice Shirbach
    Virginia's Blue Ridge - Brice Shirbach

    As a professional mountain biker, Philadelphia native Brice Shirbach has conquered mountain biking trails all over the world. He has made it his mission to share this passion with others, documenting his trail rides on his Instagram, @bricycles, and Pinkbike, the largest mountain biking community in the world. His tireless work (and play!) has made him a notable advocate for the positive impacts that arise from spending time in the Great Outdoors, especially when it comes to the sport of mountain biking.

    “I’m most looking forward to seeing the work firsthand that helped elevate Roanoke’s mountain biking presence to the point in which the received an IMBA silver level ride center designation!”

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  • Scott Martin
    Shenandoah Valley - Scott Martin

    Internationally-published photographer Scott Martin was born and raised in South Africa, and while he now calls Pennsylvania home, Scott spends much of his time traveling back to South Africa and to other destinations around the world to capture everything from unique cultural facets to gorgeous natural wilderness through his lens. Scott is always up to tackle another epic outdoor adventure, whether through skydiving, kayaking, or mountain biking, and is excited to discover the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley during his visit to Virginia.

    “I'm really excited about spending time in the Virginia Mountains and I'm especially excited to go skydive. It has been something I have wanted to do for a very long time.”

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More Adventures

  • Journey through Virginia’s magnificent Shenandoah Valley by horseback, kayak, and on foot during this 3 day getaway in the foothills of Shenandoah National Park and George Washington and Jefferson National Forest.
  • A 70-mile peninsula bordered by the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Virginia’s Eastern Shore is the perfect outdoor destination for water sports enthusiasts. Discover rare wildlife, epic views, and plenty of memorable experiences when you plan an adventure on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
  • Located about three hours west of Richmond in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia’s Blue Ridge communities are becoming well-known for their outdoor adventures.
  • Richmond, known as the River City, is home to the James River and is one of the only cities in the United States with Class III and IV rapids in an urban setting. Adventure-seekers come from all over to experience adrenaline-filled days both on and off the river.
  • Experience the wild barrier islands, Chesapeake Bay, and Chincoteague ponies and lighthouse by kayak, while staying in an historic lodging in the 1680 Colonial port of Onancock.
  • Hike, Bike or Paddle your way through Prince William County, VA at one of the many National, State and Regional parks and forests found here. Stretching from the banks of the Potomac River to the foothills of Bull Run Mountain, visitors can re-connect with nature.
  • Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Southern Virginia, Martinsville - Henry County has plenty of adventures awaiting to guarantee that you have fun in record time in the great outdoors. Experience paddling, fishing, hiking, camping, and many other activities
  • Enjoy a two night getaway in Coastal Virginia! With over 22 miles of wave- and wind-free water, locals and visitors consider Chesapeake Waterways one of the best kayaking spots in the country.
  • Virginia is for adventurers, and if you’re looking for a true mountain adventure, look no further than this 3 day getaway in the majestic mountains of the Shenandoah Valley.
  • Spend a wonderful outdoor weekend at Pocahontas State Park, where Swift Creek is the nucleus and you are sitting in a wildlife management area!
  • With mountains to the east and the Shenandoah Valley to the west, Waynesboro’s prime location offers adventurers an almost limitless combination of excursions to enjoy by foot, bike, or kayak.
  • Fredericksburg is a gateway to adventure, welcoming all experience levels and all ages. Fredericksburg sits on the fall line of the longest free flowing river in the eastern United States, the Rappahannock River.
  • Explore central Virginia’s breathtaking scenery by horseback, kayak and even from the sky with The Market at Grelen’s Outdoor Adventure itineraries.
  • Explore the coast of two Chesapeake Bay towns (Gloucester and Mathews Counties) on the Middle Peninsula by kayak, charter and stand-up paddle board (SUP)!
  • Located in the Blue Ridge mountains of Southwest Virginia, the town of Abingdon is known for its artsy vibe, historic charm and its proximity to some of the most spectacular outdoor recreation in the state.

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