Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Things to Love In Virginia

Hi all, I am super excited to be here visiting on The Coastie Couple, and their Virtual Tour Across America. My name is Tara, and I am the voice behind An Aiming High Wife, where I blog about our adventures as a military family. Currently, we are stationed in Virginia and I can’t wait to tell you all about some super fun things to do in our current state! They say “Virginia is for Lovers,” and at first I didn’t quite understand that. But now that we’ve spent some time in the area I can see what they mean. Virginia has everything from mountains to beaches, as well as cities and wide open country. It really has something for everyone. There is so much to do and see it is perfect for weekend getaways and spending time with those you love. 

 

All The History

If you enjoy visiting somewhere from the colonial time, a location that was significant in the Civil War, a home from a past president, or locations honoring the men and women of the military, you can find it all in Virginia.  You have Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown, Jamestown, and Mount Vernon. There are historic Battlefields from the Civil War, including Bull Run.  And if you are a military family you can visit the battlefields with your free Military:National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass, you just have to pick one up where you pay to enter. And don't forget about Arlington National Cemetery, Norfolk and it's shipyards, and the National Museum of the Marine Corps.  Also a little side note, historical sites make for beautiful backdrops for family photos!
  


historical family photos

Spending Time Outdoors 

There are parks, open hiking trails, and bike trails all over Virginia and majority of it won't cost you a dime! You can explore the Blue Ridge Mountains, or spend time by the water along one of Virginia's beaches. 

The Natural Bridge

The Natural Bridge is an amazing site to be seen. We stopped there one day when we noticed a sign on the other side of the highway while on our way to Florida. It was by far one of the best and most beautiful random stops we have ever made. 

 Natural Bridge

Wine Tasting  

There is just something so relaxing about spending the day outside surrounded by family and friends while your enjoying a nice glass of wine.

 NOVA winery  

In Northern Virginia you can find wineries everywhere, and they are some of the prettiest wineries I have been to outside of Napa Valley and Italy. We have fallen in love with the wines in Northern Virginia and have even become members at some of our favorite wineries!  

What is your favorite place to visit in the lovely state of Virginia?

 

 About the Author

Tara is an Air Force Spouse, mommy of one, and the voice behind An Aiming High Wife. She started writing in hopes of bringing military spouses and families together to become each others greatest support system. When she isn't writing she loves spending time with her family. They love to travel and really experience every adventure the military sends their way! 

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