Virginia was the original great frontier, where the English first settled in the New World. As America grew, people moved West, leaving behind mountain vistas, rolling green hills, and coastal panoramas with minimal populations and plenty of wide-open spaces. Just as diverse as the landscape are the options for your stay. While you can’t travel to Virginia quite yet, we all know there’s plenty of pleasure to be found in the planning. Come explore a path less travelled and plan an outdoor escape in Virginia.

Try A Variety Of Unique Accommodation Options In Virginia

1. Stay In A Tree House

Treehouse in Virginia

Luxury with limited crowds is a reality in Virginia. A stay in a tree house at Primland Resort promises stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains with access to superb amenities, like golf on one of the nation’s top courses, not to mention room service direct to your door.

2. Peace And Luxury In The Countryside

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Image courtesy: Virginia Tourism Corporation

The Forbes Five-Star Salamander Resort & Spa is located roughly one hour from Washington D.C. – yet truly a world apart. Nestled in the rolling green hills of Loudoun County, surrounded by vineyards and horse pastures, the resort offers luxurious amenities in the quiet countryside. Wine tasting, horseback riding, picnicking, hiking, and biking are just a few of the outdoor activities to keep you busy, far from the bustling crowds.

3. Try Some Glamping

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Interior of a glamping teepee. Image courtesy: Virginia Tourism Corporation

If you’re prepared to rough it just a little without giving up ALL the finer things, glamping in a tepee at Sandy River Outdoor Adventure Resort might be just your style. When not relaxing by your personal fire pit you can be zip-lining through the treetops or paddling blissfully along on a paddleboard.

4. Experience Mobile Accommodations

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10 miles north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, you’ll find the quaint little beach town, of Cape Charles. Image courtesy: Virginia Tourism Corporation

An RV is a brilliant way to travel without leaving all the creature comforts behind. Rental companies will even meet you at the airport – Washington Dulles International in Virginia – delivering your rented home-away-from-home, so you can set out on your journey straight away. Numerous campgrounds across Virginia cater to RVs, including options along the Blue Ridge Parkway such as Peaks of Otter; Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resort, located just outside Shenandoah National Park in Luray – home to the famous Luray Caverns; and Cherrystone Family Camp & RV Resort, on Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay, to highlight a few.

Also read: Are we looking at the year of RV Travel?

5. Escape Into A Private Cabin

Cabins in Virginia
In the early 1900s, oystermen guarded their grounds against poachers by living in cabins like these sprinkled throughout the vast marshlands of the Eastern Shore. This cabin is your opportunity to paddle back in time and spend the weekend in a century-old working waterman’s cabin perched on the marsh in the Virginia Coast Reserve. A limited number of weekends are available every year. Image courtesy: Virginia Tourism Corporation

Cabins are also a great way to escape the crowds and commune with nature while not totally roughing it. You’ll find cabins, cottages, lodges, and yurts in Virginia’s National and State Parks, as well as a vast variety of private offerings throughout the state.

6. Explore The Unknown Through Camping

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Near Mount Rogers and Whitetop Mountain, Virginia’s two highest mountains, enjoy scenic views of alpine-like peaks, hike on trails leading to waterfalls and overlooks, designated camping areas, and a visitor center. Image courtesy: Virginia Tourism Corporation

If true tent camping is what you had in mind, Virginia offers a treasure chest of options, from campgrounds with amenities to primitive locations where you’re likely never to see a soul. Local outfitters know every nook and cranny along hundreds of miles of coastline and they’ll guide you to secret islands and sand bars out in the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean and help you set up home. SouthEast Expeditions and Burnham Guides are just two outfitters who lead multi-day expeditions and can tailor a trip to your interests.

Virginia also has more miles of the world-famous Appalachian Trail than any other state in America and the weather makes camping along the A.T. comfortable for a good part of the year. Sample the southern end, where the Trail travels westerly through the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. According to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, this portion of the A.T. is the most remote and least travelled. You may even see some wild ponies in Grayson Highlands State Park.

Experience Something Unique In Virginia

Virginia offers a vast outdoor playground with more than 20 National Parks, including Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway, 38 State Parks, 1.7 million acres of national forest, 63 National Area Reserves, more than 100 miles of Atlantic coastline, and nearly 200 lakes and rivers. Combined with a wealth of tiny towns and scenic byways you’ll find it incredibly easy to get off the beaten path and escape the crowds for as long as your heart desires. Pack your bags and plan an outdoor escape in Virginia.


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