Sure, you’ll find plenty of sun, sand and surf on Virginia’s coast, but the beach is just the beginning. We’ve put together some of our favorite under-the-radar coastal pleasures, perfect for adventuring this spring or any season.
Planning to vacation on the Virginia coast this summer, but hoping to avoid the crowds and the tee-shirt shops? Maybe you’d rather hike along a quiet beach, or enjoy a honeymoon picnic amidst the deep tranquility of a lonesome cape. Virginia’s coastal state parks have something for everyone, from the solo traveler in need of some personal time to the family seeking a weekend away from phones and television. Consider spending a day or two in one of these beautiful state parks this summer.
Consider cycling to explore Tampa Bay’s scenic coasts. It’s easy to get around and you can cover lots of ground—or water, if that may be the case. If bringing your personal bike along isn’t practical, consider these local rental options to enjoy sightseeing while coasting along the coast.
You may think of the Virginia mountains when you think of autumn color, but the leaves in York County can give a pretty spectacular show. Plan your trip for mid-October to early November to get maximum leaf-peeping on your Williamsburg vacation.
Immortalized by Robert Foster’s famous song of the Old South, the Suwannee River has held a place in American culture since before the Civil War. With its headwaters in the Okefenokee Swamp of South Georgia, the meandering Suwannee River is rich in history as it flows south into North Florida where it twists and turns until finally reaching the Gulf of Mexico.
If you’d rather camp out in your RV than stay in a hotel or pitch a tent, the Smoky Mountains has a place for you. Camp in the National Park’s frontcountry campgrounds where you can easily access hiking trails and fishing spots, or choose one of the area’s well-loved RV campgrounds that cater specifically to the RV camper’s needs. Either way, you’ll find yourself nestled in scenic coves and along glittering streams, right on the edge of the wilderness you’ve come for.