Since the formation of its first permanent settlement by English settlers, Virginia has served a critical role in the history of the United States. Today, this scenic state offers diverse attractions for its large population and endless stream of tourists. History fans can take a trip back in time through museums and recreated colonial villages, and city lovers can find enough museums, special events and shopping destinations to complete their vacation.
- Williamsburg, Virginia in Williamsburg, VA
Colonial Williamsburg kicks off the holiday season with a special event featuring candle lighting, music and fireworks. Three separate displays of fireworks will illuminate the sky over the Magazine, the Governor's Palace and the Capitol. The event is held in December on the first Sunday.
- the Plains, Virginia in VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
Huge, illuminated displays on the Atlantic seaboard entertain tens of thousands of visitors each year. Drive on the boardwalk to view holiday-themed and animated lighting displays that include surfing Santas and a three-story Christmas tree.
- Williamsburg, Va. in Williamsburg, VA
Six million lights adorn Busch Gardens, transforming it into a holiday wonderland for all ages. Visit Santa's workshop in Christmas Town and see the amazing 50-foot tall Christmas tree with light animations. Shop for unique gifts while sipping peppermint fudge hot chocolate.
- Norfolk, Va. in Norfolk, VA
Color guards, drill teams, bagpipers, dancers and military bands fill the Scope arena with powerful, patriotic music in this extraordinary tattoo, the largest of its kind. Three unforgettable performances thrill audiences in this truly amazing event.
- Various Sites Norfolk, VA 23502 in Norfolk, VA
Every April, Norfolk hosts a weeklong celebration to honor the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The event features international cuisine, music, parades and cultural activities. Originally called the Azalea Festival, the event recognizes the importance of maintaining peaceful relations and trade with other countries.
- Richmond, Va. in Richmond, VA
Nearly 200 of the most incredible gardens and private homes are presented during this amazing spring weekend. Sponsored by the Garden Club of Virginia, proceeds from the stunning event are used in enhancing the landscape of Virginia.