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6 Day Trips from RVA

Sometimes it's nice to get out of the city. Here are some suggestions for day trips!

1. Natural Bridge 

Natural Bridge is just over 2 hours from Richmond in Rockbridge County and is one of the oldest tourist destinations in the U.S. It has been designated both a National and Virginia Historic Landmark, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors may also enjoy a tour of the Natural Bridge Caverns, naturally formed underground caverns that feature the Mirror Lake and the Well Room. Other activities include the Natural Bridge Wax Museum, Toy Museum, Boxerwood Gardens, and Virginia Horse Center.

2. Colonial Williamsburg 

Colonial Williamsburg is a history-lover’s destination. Visitors can “travel in time” and meet historical characters and learn about the colonial way of life, take a carriage ride, or take a guided tour. Outside of the Colonial Williamsburg area, tourists can visit art museums, play at adventure parks, or shop at the Williamsburg Outlets.

3. Charlottesville

Charlottesville, Virginia, is a great day trip for wine and history lovers. The city is home to more than 30 vineyards and breweries. Visitors may enjoy checking out the Monticello Wine Trail. Charlottesville is also a historic destination, offering Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and James Monroe’s Highland. In autumn, Charlottesville visitors can pick apples at local orchards.

4. Smith Mountain Lake

Smith Mountain Lake, in the Roanoke Region of Virginia, is a man-made lake. Aside from going to the lake, area visitors might enjoy the Smith Mountain Lake State Park for hiking and fishing. Bridgewater Plaza has many restaurants and stores, and also offers boat rides. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a scenic route close to SML and has more nature trails and breathtaking landscapes.

5. Washington, DC 

Washington, DC, is home to many national monuments and historic sites. In addition, it features many museums and is a theater hub. Seasonal activities include the spring Cherry Blossom Festival, Independence Day celebrations, and the National Christmas Tree.

6. King's Dominion

Kings Dominion is a theme park in Doswell, Virginia, less than an hour from RVA. With 13 roller coasters, 60 rides, and a 20 acre water park, any guests will be able to enjoy a day in the park. 


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