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Virginia hike and bike destinations offer an incredible range of terrains, challenges, and views throughout the state and surrounding mid-Atlantic region. From challenging hikes in Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Mountains, to stroller-friendly walks in suburban towns, you’re sure to find a Virginia trail that suits you. Virginia also offers a rich network of paved and dirt biking trails for cycling enthusiasts.

View from Marys Rock north Shenandoah NP

Shenandoah National Park Day Trip Planner: Things to Do in the Central District

A Shenandoah National Park day trip makes a beautiful outing from Northern Virginia and Washington DC, whether you crave a leisurely scenic drive or an active hiking expedition. We’ve rounded up tips on what to do both in the park’s Central District and along the trip, perfect for an outing to Virginia’s dramatic Blue Ridge Mountains.   […]

Eagle Point Overlook Winchester VA

5 Virginia Hike and Beer Day Trips Near Washington DC

These 5 hike and beer day trips combine a little exercise in the great outdoors with the relaxing payoff of a cold Virginia craft brew. Hike and beer day trips celebrate great weather and Virginia’s thriving craft brewery scene, exploring new trails and taprooms near Washington DC. 1. Raven Rocks and Dirt Farm Brewing, Bluemont   Work up a thirst on a hilly […]

Bluebells at Riverbend Park, Great Falls Virginia

Spring Bucket List: 30 Fun Outings in Virginia DC and Maryland

Our spring bucket list will inspire a whole season of fun outings for every age and ability in Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland. Whether you are active or relaxed, adults only or family focused, we’ve got ideas for you. Just click the links for details on each destination, and check them off as you go. Spring Bucket List: Gardens and […]

Riverbend view Great Falls

10 Great Falls Park Alternatives When Entry Lines Are Long

Here are 10 Great Falls Park alternatives worth visiting when park entry lines back up with crowds clamoring for scenery, picnic spots, and time with friends and family. You will not enjoy the same dramatic waterfall overlooks at these alternate destinations, but you will enjoy beautiful nature and hopefully, much less time in your car. Our 10 Great Falls […]

Bootlegger Trail Riverbend Park

Woodland Loop Hike in Riverbend Park Virginia

This 2.5 mile woodland loop hike follows shady dirt paths to the Potomac River, returning through hollows and upland forest at Riverbend Regional Park in Great Falls, Virginia. The wooded trails offer a nice alternative to the busiest sections of the Potomac Heritage Trail, while still including a stretch of river views.   Like most visitors to Riverbend, we generally drive […]

First Night, photo: J Clifford for Visit Alexandria

January 2017 Events in the Northern Virginia Area

January 2017 events begin with New Year’s celebrations and First Day hikes, finish out the holiday festival season, offer special MLK Day celebrations, and deliver plenty of winter fun. First Night and New Year’s Day in Northern Virginia Finish 2016 strong and kick off January 2017 with First Day events featuring family fun, live entertainment, and fireworks, then work […]

UVA Rotunda Charlottesville VA

Charlottesville Getaway to Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia Home

Plan a Charlottesville getaway to Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia home that is steeped in history, foodie focused, nature inspired, beer and wine infused, or better yet, all of the above. Charlottesville and Albemarle County Virginia offer a wide array of active and laid back pursuits, perfect for a vacation getaway or a brief escape from Washington DC. We’ve rounded up […]

Blue Ridge Parkway Southern Shenandoah Valley Virginia

Southern Shenandoah Valley Virginia Road Trip: Staunton to Lexington

Southern Shenandoah Valley Virginia is perfect for a leisurely road trip on country roads that offer beautiful scenery and unique town and country finds. Experience small town charm, tasty food and drink, impressive nature, and relaxing places to stay.   Just a few hours from Washington DC, but a world away when you leave the highway and explore roads less traveled, we […]