Virginia Travel Guide
The ultimate guide to the best things to do and see in Virginia
This small US state packs in a hell of a lot of culture, art, nightlife and food worth visiting for. Bring (or find) your lover! Start here with my basic Virginia travel tips, or jump down below to read my latest Virginia travel blogs.
When to Visit
You can visit Virginia pretty any time of the year, but the summer will offer a better chance to enjoy the street life. Be sure to keep track of the special exhibitions at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts or the Valentine, as well as local festivals like the Richmond International Film Festival and the Richmond Jazz Festival.
Top Things To Do
Edgar Allan Poe Museum, Richmond – The Edgar Allan Poe Museum is a mysterious place (can you imagine that?!). You can walk around this little venue and wander the rooms filled with furniture and pictures belonging to Poe or to his family. The small museum tells the story of his favorite spots within the city and the tragic events that inspired many of his writings. Where do you expect to find both black cats strolling around and an open casket for selfies?
Market Square, Alexandria — In the heart of Old Town Alexandria, the Market Square has been running a regular farmer’s market for centuries. Many 18th century buildings line the surrounding blocks, including several of the city’s historic museums (all easily accessible with the Key to the City museum pass. Check out Gadsby’s Tavern Museum—an 18th-century tavern where the first five US presidents visited.
Taking a tour around Viriginia can save you both time and money and get you to some places you might otherwise pass by on your own. Take a look at this selection of Virginia tours.
LGBT – Gay Virginia Travel Guide
These are a few of the best things you should know about visiting gay Virginia, the state for lovers!
Godfrey’s – Godfrey’s is a popular gay hotspot in Richmond, but every Sunday it comes alive with their Drag Brunch (reservations required). They’ll put on up to two shows each Sunday. It’s often a lot of bachelorette parties, but you’ll find some LGBT people hanging around as well, and certainly on weekend evenings when it’s open as a bar and club.
Richmond Triangle Players – There aren’t many theaters around the world dedicated solely to queer and LGBT themes, but this venue delivers adventurous and entertaining theater. They’re the leading voice in the community’s explorations of equality, identity, affection and family, across sexual orientation and gender spectrums. Since 1993, the Richmond Triangle Players have produced hundreds of plays (including many world premieres). In their home theater in Richmond (painted with a rainbow of triangles outside), they regularly put on performances highlighting LGBT themes.
More gay travel resources here.
Virginia Hotel Deals
Virginia has plenty of cool and quirky hotels, as well as all the big chains you’d expect. I’ve found that using Booking.com, Agoda.com or Hotels Combined can be really useful for finding last-minute deals.
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