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Richmond National Battlefield Park Obtain a map and off you go to tour the Civil War battlefields of Richmond. War buffs and those that enjoy the rich history of America's past will find the informative grounds fascinating. The losses during the war were greatest here estimated at 16,000. Admission is free and visitors will not soon forget all they have learned here.

Nauticus, The National Maritime Center Located along Norfolk's waterfront the interactive and hands-on attractions located here provide fun and entertainment to all ages. Pet one of the sharks in the shark-petting tank, view exotic fish or tour the USS Wisconsin battleship.

Jamestown, The Original Site Back in 1607 English men arrived at this site to start a small settlement. Little did they know what an impact they would forever have on American history. Visitors will enjoy a 15-minute film, tours and exhibits that take visitors back in time to the original settlement that is known as Jamestown.

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Carytown - The sidewalks of Carrytown are lined with quaint antique shops, specialty stores and restaurants. The street comes to life during certain times of the year as festivals and special events are hosted here. Enjoy a wide selection of fine and unique dining destinations.

Lynnhaven - With nearly 1.4 million square feet of shopping Lynnhaven is one of the largest malls on the East Coast. The shopping paradise boasts more than 160 specialty stores, personal services, great dining establishments, and movie theaters. There is something for everyone here.

Virginia Beach Visitors of all times of the year will enjoy the miles of beaches offers along Virginia Beach. The oceanfront walkway was recently restores and is now over 3 miles long and filled with everything one could imagine. Enjoy all different kinds of beach time activities like beach volleyball, sand soccer, surfing, sailing, boat races, triathlons, sea kayaking, open water swimming, and fishing. Hampton Roads - At the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, Hampton Roads is ringed by Virginia's largest metropolitan area, highlighted by the resurgent cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth. Visitors can play in the surf on Virginia Beach, whose boardwalk and 20 miles of white-sand beach are lined with hotels, or commune with nature in Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and the remote False Cape State Park.

The Eastern Shore - Visitors can drive across the 17-mile-long Chesapeake Bay Bridge-tunnel to Eastern Shore, an unspoiled sanctuary noted for the charming village of Chincoteague and nearby Assateague Island, whose wildlife refuge and national seashore have protected the famous wild ponies and prevented any development on almost 40 miles of pristine beach.

Outdoors

Horseback Riding - Stables with horses to rent, to ride on hundreds of miles of public horse trails in Virginia, can be found all over the area. The majority of stables are situated in the Shenandoah Valley and the Southwest Highlands. The granddaddy of all trails, the Virginia Highlands Horse Trail, runs the length of Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, which has campgrounds especially for horse owners. Horses are also permitted on the Virginia Creeper Trail and the New River Trail, and visitors can rent horses at the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area and along the New River Trail. Shenandoah National Park has guided trail rides.

Hiking and Backpacking - The same trails that have made Virginia so popular with bicyclists, also make it a hiker's heaven. Both enjoyable and easy to access, are the state's rails-to-trails paths along old railroad beds. Some 450 miles of the Appalachian Trail snake through Virginia, nearly climbing Mount Rogers and paralleling the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Skyline Drive in many places. The best backcountry trails are in Shenandoah National Park and Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, with less-traveled trails in the George Washington and Jefferson national forests.

Golf - Golf can be played almost anytime and anywhere in Virginia, given the state's mild climate and more than 130 courses, but serious golfers head to Williamsburg and the Golden Horseshoe, Green, and Gold courses at the Williamsburg Inn, and the links at Kingsmill Resort, home of the annual PGA Michelob Classic in October. Up in the mountains, the Homestead's beautiful course in Hot Springs has the nation's oldest first tee, and the Wintergreen Resort near Charlottesville also has an excellent course.

Fishing - The best rivers for fishing include the South Fork of the Shenandoah, near Front Royal, for smallmouth bass and redbreast sunfish, the James, between Richmond and Norfolk, for smallmouth bass and catfish, and the New, near Wytheville, for walleye, yellow perch, musky, and smallmouth bass. Other excellent locations are the Rappahannock, from Fredericksburg to the Northern Neck, for smallmouth bass and catfish, and the Chickahominy, near Williamsburg, for largemouth bass, chain pickerel, bluegill, white perch, and channel catfish. The mountains have 2,800 miles of trout streams, many stocked annually.

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