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    Blue Ridge Parkway

    by Goner Updated Nov 13, 2003

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    Built during the Depression, the Blue Ridge Parkway is the nation's longest rural parkway connecting Shenandoah National Park in Virginia with the Great Smokey Mountains National Park in North Carolina. The design of the parkway was an engineering stroke of genius for its time

    This drive is ranked as "America's most scenic drive" by leading travel writers. The Blue Ridge Parkway leads travelers through the forested mountains passing several intriguing stops along the way.

    Designed as a drive awhile - stop awhile recreational drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway provides both stunning scenery and close-up looks at the natural and cultural history of the southern Appalachian mountains along its 469 miles. It has turnouts at overlooks, picnic and camping facilities, trails, and wonderful cultural and natural areas.

    For park information on for up-to-date gate closures and weather-related information see the phone number listed below.

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    I love the beach but the...

    by sexylady Written Aug 25, 2002

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    I love the beach but the tourist beach just wasn't for me.If you want a quiet beach you'll have to go past 1st street and over the bridge.Then take (I think) the 1st left if your coming from Va Beach and this will bring you into an very rich estate.Just head towards the beach from here.It's so beautiful,it's where all the surfers are and the water is much nicer too.You could also head the other direction to 66th street,this beach is beautiful at night.

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    Fort Story,this is the army...

    by sexylady Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Fort Story,this is the army base in Virgina and it is north of Virginia Beach.The place to go here if you want the sun and you can also drink on the beach as it is a military beach.I only went once and didn't drink but at least the option is there.

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    Go to Sandbridge at the south...

    by wizetraveler Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Go to Sandbridge at the south end of Virginia Beach. It is a very quiet beach in a residential neighborhood.
    It is beautiful!
    I also recommend Cape Henry, You can tour the lighthouse and the shore is lit up at night for the ships. It is gorgeous.

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    Lighthouses

    by vikendall Written Jan 23, 2006

    Virginia Beach has 2 beautiful lighthouses, on the Ft. Story base, free, and easily accessible. You will need to get permission from the lighthouse keeper to step into the newer, functioning lighthouse, but it is worth the effort. Just stand in the center and look straight up. The geometric pattern created by the staircase is a work of art.

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    James River Plantations on Rt 5 near Williamsburg

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Apr 6, 2005

    We took a drive down Rt 5. We got on Rt 5 outside of Richmond and followed it along the James River. There are many plantations open to the public and many that are not.

    There are also alot of roadside markers letting you know the history that happened in this area including Civil War trail information.

    Very nice drive even if you don't stop at any of the plantations.

    Tiffany & Noel on the James River near Westover

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  • Beachfront Far From The Maddening Crowd

    by skierk8 Written Nov 14, 2004

    For a fascinating outdoor family activity, or a chance to just get out in the open, drive south of Virginia Beach down the coast, through Sandbridge to the Back Bay Wildlife Refuge. A wildlife enthusiast paradise. Wander the paths around large ponds teeming with indigenous fish and turtles. See wild ponies grazing around the education shack or flocks of migratory birds including swans. Walk the boardwalks through the marsh grasses to vistas of the backbay while spotting marsh birds and if your quiet, marsh mammals.

    Head over to the beach and see what Virginia Beach looked like before the hotels and beach front houses were built. Expansive white sand edged with sea grasses and dunes. Watch where you walk – no not for dog doo-doo (dogs aren’t permitted), during the nesting season from early June through August, sea turtles lay their eggs in the coastal sands of Virginia Beach. Five of the seven species of sea turtles that exist in the world today occur off Virginia’s coast.

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    First Landing State Park

    by Winch Written Feb 6, 2005

    Hiking, biking and beaching. One of the gems of the Virginia park system, First Landing stretches from the beach to the salt marshes. Learn about nature from a ranger at one of the daily programs, fish the bay, explore secluded trails or just relax in your 2BR cabin.

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