Virginia is the birthplace of our nation. From the first permanent English settlement in Jamestown to the home of many of our Founding Fathers, including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, Virginia really is for history lovers.
As a Virginia resident for almost 20 years, I can attest to the many historical sites, houses, and attractions that make up the state. Most of the sites are easy weekend or day trips from the tourist hub of Washington, DC so if you’re planning a family trip to the Nation’s capital, don’t forget to check out the Virginia destinations. This is by no means an exhaustive list but gives you the top historical sites in each area to see.
Check back often for more of these sites to be reviewed by The History Mom! Note that only sites reviewed by The History Mom are marked with *. Other links are external links to the museum’s own web site.
For help planning your Virginia vacation, check out https://www.virginia.org.
These are all day trips from Washington, DC:
These are great weekend trips from Washington, DC:
- Orange County:
- Wytheville-Edith Bolling House
- Cold War Museum
Civil War Battlefields: See the Civil War Trails site for more info.
- Fredericksburg/Wilderness/Cold Harbor
- Shenandoah Campaign
- Richmond area
- Petersburg area
- Appomattox Courthouse
- Road to Revolution Trail
- Virginia History Trails app
- Encyclopedia Virginia’s virtual tours
- How We Got Here podcast
This page is continually updated.