Virginia Department of Economic Development, Division of Tourism, 901 E. Byrd St., Richmond, (800) 932-5827, (804) 786-4484.
Virginia Beach Visitors Information Center, 2100 Parks Ave., Virginia Beach, (800) 446-8038, www.virginia.org.
Arlington National Cemetery, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, (703) 607-8052. With 620 acres of land, Arlington National is the country's largest military cemetery. Visit the graves of President William Howard Taft, boxer Joe Lewis, astronaut Virgil Grissom, and Kennedys Jack, Jackie, and Bobby. Also watch the hourly changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Busch Gardens Wiliamsburg, One Busch Gardens Blvd., Williamsburg, (757) 253-3369, www.buschgardens.com. This amusement park's European theme might be tacky and even a bit offensive, but it's worth a visit for the more than 40 thrill rides, including the park's newest roller coaster Apollo's, Chariot, which plummets 825 feet. Take a rest by the floral landscapes and ponds, where you might become a human perch for a lorikeet.
Colonial Williamsburg, (757) 220-7645, www.colonialwilliamsburg.org. This 18th-century town, once the political and cultural center of Britain's largest North American colony, is now a 21st-century tourist destination. More than 500 Colonial buildings, including homes, stores, and taverns, are open to the public. There are also more than 90 acres of gardens.
King's Dominion, 16000 Theme Park Way, Doswell, (804) 876-5000. This theme park's theme is Paramount entertainment, but it's pretty easy to ignore that if you wish and enjoy the rides, children's activities, and the scaled-down Eiffel Tower.
Peninsula Fine Arts Center, 101 Museum Drive, Newport News, (757) 596-8175. Tour collections of historic and contemporary works by both regional and national artists. The exhibits change so often that you are almost guaranteed never to see the same thing twice. Kids can create their own artwork in the children's gallery.
Virginia Beach, This resort town's 29 miles of Atlantic Ocean beaches offer swimming, surfing, sailing, and sunning, plus fishing and diving. And the three-mile-long boardwalk offers plenty of excuses to spend your vacation money.
Virginia War Museum, 9285 Warwick Blvd, Newport News. (757) 247-8523. American military history from 1775 to the present unfolds here--weapons, uniforms, propaganda posters, and more are on display. Also, there is a section of the Berlin Wall and a piece of the Nazis' Dachau concentration camp.
Water Country U.S.A., One Busch Gardens Blvd., Williamsburg, (757) 253-3369, www.watercountryusa.com. Let's go surfin' now, everybody's learnin' how--well, maybe not surfing, really, but wet fun of some sort is to be had at what is billed as the world's largest water park. Rides include the Big Daddy Falls, and kids can test their skills on a water obstacle course.
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Norfolk Tides, minor-league baseball, 150 Park Ave., Norfolk, (804) 622-2222.
Smith Mountain Lake, between Roanoke and Lynchburg, (800) 676-8203.
Boxwood Inn, 10 Elmhurst St., Newport News, (757) 888-8854.
Capri Country Inn, 12880 Jefferson Ave., Newport News, (877) 622-9901.
Hampton Inn, 505 York St., Williamsburg, (800) 444-4678.
The Homestead, Hot Springs, (800) 838-1766.
Maymont, 1700 Hampton St., Richmond, (804) 358-7166.
Mulberry Inn, 16890 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, (800) 223-0404.
Princess Anne, 1350 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, (800) 854-5770.
Relax Inn, 12340 Warwick Blvd., (800) 596-4521.
Wayside Inn, 7783 Main St., Middletown, (877) 869-1797.
Williamsburg Inn, 136 E. Francis St., Williamsburg, (800) 447-8679.
Potomac Mills, 2700 Potomac Mills Circle, (800) 826-4557, www.potomacmills.com. Volume, volume, volume--this outlet mall has 220 stores, 20 eateries, and a 15-screen movie theater.
Prime Outlets, Williamsburg, (757) 565-0702. Williamsburg's largest outlet center, with more than 80 designer stores.
Tysons Corner Center, 1961 Chain Bridge Road, (800) 289-7667. More than 230 stores and restaurants.
West Virginia Division of Tourism, (800) 225-5982.
Jefferson County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Harpers Ferry, (800) 848-8687.
Augusta Heritage Center, 100 Campus Drive, Elkins, (304) 637-1209.
Carriage House Glass Museum, Wheeling, (800) 624-6988. Glass-blowing demonstrations and more.
Fostoria Glass Museum, Sixth and Tomlinson streets, Moundsville, (304) 845-9188. More glass.
Glass Collection at the Huntington Museum of Art, 2033 McCoy Road, Huntington, (304) 529-2701. Glass is big in West Virginia.
Harpers Ferry, (304) 535-6298. This town where the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers meet has seen a lot in its 250-plus years, including much Civil War and abolitionist history. (The name John Brown mean anything to you?) Learn about the past while enjoying the present--Harpers Ferry has shops and eateries plus plenty of recreational opportunities, including some of the mid-Atlantic's best tubing.
State Capital and Capital Complex, Charleston, (800) 225-5982.
Alpine Lake Resort and Conference Center, Terra Alta, (800) 752-7179.
Bavarian Inn, Shepherdstown, (304) 876-2551.
Canaan Valley Resort and Conference Center, Davis, (800) 622-4121.
Coolfont Resort and Conference Center, 1777 Cold Run Valley Road, Berkeley Springs, (800) 888-8768.
Mecklenburg Inn, Shepherdstown, (304) 876-2126.
Retreat at Buffalo Run, 214 Harpertown Road, Elkins, (304) 636-2960.
Thomas Shepherd Inn, Shepherdstown, (304) 876-3715.
Blue Ridge Outlet Center, 315 W. Stephen St., Martinsburg, (800) 445-3993. The 50 outlet stores here claim to offer items at half the retail price.
Olde Kilbourne Mill Crafters Gallery, 620 W. John St., Martinsburg, (304) 263-4307. Collectibles and handmade crafts.
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