Northern Virginia offers a wide range of cultural, historical, and natural attractions that make it a fun place to visit and to live. Once you’re here, you’ll likely find yourself searching through the Alexandria homes for sale in hopes of making a move.
Whether you’re a local or a visitor, you’ll find a long list of things to do, but these are arguably the top five you should experience.
Discover Alexandria’s Old Town
Alexandria is a favorite among many Virginia visitors, and it has a long list of accolades to its name, including being among the South’s Prettiest Cities 2018 by Southern Living. Get lost in the cobbled alleys and brick-lined streets, and you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped back in time. The historic architecture is magnificent. In addition to discovering its delights on foot, you can catch the free King Street Trolley to get around.
Step Back Into History in Fredericksburg
The town of Fredericksburg is jam-packed with charms. It has a rich history as the site of multiple significant battles in both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Take a stroll through the Historic District to discover more than 350 period buildings and wander through Fredericksburg National Cemetery, home to over 15,000 Union burials, as well as portions of Civil War battlefields.
See the Wild Ponies and More on Chincoteague Island
Chincoteague Island serves as the entrance to the Virginia side of Assateague Island, famous for its Chincoteague Wild Ponies. It’s a beautiful place to immerse yourself in nature with beaches, sandy dunes, marshes, and maritime forests, as well as the ponies. The animals have resided in the area for centuries and can be seen wandering throughout, munching on the marsh and dune grasses. It’s a wonderful place to explore on two wheels with paved paths like the Island Nature, and bicycle rentals are available at Bike Depot.
Sample Moonshine and More in Culpeper
Culpepper is also a very charming town, with its streets lined with Civil War-era homes, antique shops, art galleries and retailers selling unique items. You’ll also discover classic diners and high-end restaurants along with wineries and the state’s only legal moonshine distillery. If you haven’t tried it yet now is your chance. You might want to explore the town’s history first, however, at the Museum of Culpeper History. It traces Culpeper’s past from prehistoric times through the Civil War and today. Visitors will walk in the shoes of soldiers who lived and died in numerous bloody battles that took place here.
Explore One of Virginia’s Best Small Towns: Middleburg
Middleburg has been named among the Best Small Towns in Virginia by Frommers. While it’s little in size, taking up less than six blocks, it offers lots to explore. The scenery alone is worth the drive as this is some of the most magnificent horse country that can be found anywhere. However, the highlight is the historic district, which boasts impeccably preserved buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries. The most famous landmark in Middleburg is the 1728 Red Fox Inn. It has been a popular place to stop for longer than the town has been around itself – 59 years in fact. If you like wine, you’re in a perfect spot for tasting and touring the area’s many wineries.
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