Maximizing a weekend in Virginia (including a one-day-excursion to DC)

Are you ready for a weekend trip? Or do you just want to get out of your home town and discover something new? If you don’t know where to go, check out this blog post. Honestly, Virginia wasn’t on my bucket list but a friend of mine lives there and so I decided to see what the Newport News/ Williamsburg area has to offer.

Beaches: If you love beaches like me, Virginia is for you. You don’t need to go far or search around, sand and salt water isn’t far away. If you love typical tourist vacation spots, Virginia Beach is for you. Although I enjoyed strolling along the beach’s boardwalk, Virginia Beach is too touristy for my taste. If you are like me and prefer nature over crowds, visit the untouched Grandview Nature Preserve.

Miss Hampton II Cruise:

The cruise leaves at 11am and lasts about 3 hrs. It is a great experience for history enthusiasts or if you just want to sit back and relax with a great view. My personal highlights of the tour included passing the Norfolk Naval Base, the world’s largest naval station. The tour guide explained the different warships, I got to see a submarine and various aircraft carriers. Especially impressive was a ship that houses a fully functional hospital with multiple operating rooms. Another highlight of the cruise was a lighthouse and getting off the ship at Fort Wool for a narrated tour and learning about historic events.

One-day-trip to Washington DC

(about a 3-4 hour drive from Virginia, depending on where you are staying at):

Washington DC has tons of tourist attractions and museums to offer! Because of the limited amount of time I had, I decided to skip the museums and picked the most interesting buildings. Tip: Wear comfortable shoes! There is no telling how many miles I walked that day.

  1.  US Capitol
  2. National Mall
  3. White House
  4. World War II Memorial
  5. Lincoln Memorial
  6. Washington Monument
  7. Thomas Jefferson Memorial
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