Old world charm and one of the most sought after beach vacation areas await you in the state of Virginia. Visitors staying in a Virginia vacation home rental will be thrilled with the diverse range of activities available throughout the state. Virginia has 5,000 miles of shoreline on the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay. Bath in the rays at Virginia Beach, known as the "classic American beach vacation" spot. Enjoy a calm, peaceful beach setting or be right in the middle of all the action. The resort area is where you will find live music, street performers, outdoor cafes and plenty of sun and sand. If the beach isn't your style, Virginia has a lot of lake areas too. Smith Mountain Lake is where water meets the mountains. This recreational paradise stretches over 200,000 acres with a 500 mile shoreline and is known for outstanding fishing. Other great Virginia lakes include Kerr Lake, Lake Anna (the states 2nd largest), and Lake Gaston, all three of which are also perfect for individuals, couples, or Virginia family vacations.
Virginia is not just about beaches and lakes. If you stay in a Virginia vacation home rental, there are plenty of other activities. In Roanoke, the Science Museum of Western Virginia is home to a unique Hardbottom Reef Tank, which showcases the aquatic life of the nearby Atlantic Ocean. There is also a planetarium, illusions gallery, and more. The Virginia Living Museum in Newport News features a little bit of everything, including a zoo, botanical garden, and aviary. At Historic Jamestown, visitors are able to see an active archaeological site and take guided tours of the landmark town. Civil war buffs will definitely want to take a trip to the Stratford Hall Plantation in Chesapeake Bay, the home of Robert E. Lee. If you're in the mood for the open road, take "America's Favorite Drive" along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The parkway stretches 469 miles through the mountains of Virginia and into North Carolina. The incredible views of foliage and wildlife make it one of the most scenic routes in the country. And in the winter, these mountain areas are great ski destinations. Virginia's ski resorts have both snowboarding and snowtubing slopes as well as downhill and cross country. To get the most out of your vacation, stay in a Virginia vacation home rental. Start browsing to find the right one for your trip.