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Summer Bucket list ideas: 8 adventures without leaving Virginia

Check out our favorite 8 different Virginia adventure spots for lovers of History and the outdoors!

1. Shenandoah National Park: This park offers a variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and scenic drives. The park features the Skyline Drive, which is a 105-mile scenic drive through the Blue Ridge Mountains.

2. Virginia Beach: With its long stretches of sandy beaches and a boardwalk, Virginia Beach is a great place for water sports such as surfing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. You can also explore the nearby wildlife refuge or take a dolphin-watching tour.

3. George Washington and Jefferson National Forests: These forests offer a diverse range of outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, camping, and mountain biking. The forest features the Appalachian Trail, which is a 2,200-mile hiking trail that passes through 14 states.

4. Williamsburg: Williamsburg is a historic city that offers a range of activities such as visiting historical sites, museums, and amusement parks. You can also explore the nearby Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Battlefield.

5. Luray Caverns: Luray Caverns is a cave system that features stunning natural formations such as stalactites, stalagmites, and underground pools. You can take a guided tour of the caves and also explore the nearby garden maze and antique car museum.

6. Natural Bridge State Park: The Natural Bridge is a 215-foot limestone arch that is over 500 million years old. The state park offers hiking trails, a butterfly garden, and a historic hotel.

7. Chincoteague Island: This island is known for its wild ponies that roam free in the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. You can also go fishing, kayaking, or take a boat tour to see the ponies up close.

8. Mount Vernon: Mount Vernon is the former home of George Washington and is now a museum that showcases his life and legacy. You can also explore the nearby Potomac River on a sightseeing tour or take a bike ride on the nearby Mount Vernon Trail.

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