In honor of England’s Queen Elizabeth I “The Virgin Queen”
Nickname: Old Dominion State
State bird: Cardinal
State flower: Dogwood
Time: Eastern (GMT – 5)
The State: Virginia stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains. It is one of the country’s most historic and scenic States. Some of its leading attractions are located along the Potomac River – Arlington National Cemetery, with the grave of John F Kennedy; Old Town Alexandria; and Mount Vernon, George Washington’s country estate.
Driving trails link more than 250 Civil War sites across Virginia. Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy in the Civil War, has many fine old buildings and cultural options. Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown (the birthplace of the USA) are three of its most historic sites, situated further east.
Shenandoah Valley, with its caverns, waterfalls and popular resorts, is to the west. Other attractions include Virginia Beach, Shenandoah National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, Luray Caverns, Cumberland Gap and Great Falls Park. Norfolk is an important Atlantic seaport and home to the world’s largest naval base. Viriginia boasts nearly 60 wineries offering tastings and tours.