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Travelkatz will put together a Virginia Vacation Package custom tailored just for you. We handle all aspects of your trip so you can sit back, relax and enjoy. We provide two options for every state in the USA consisting of the state capital and the Natural Wonder. If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate in contacting us.
Virginia State Parks:
Virginia State Parks – Not only does this state house many Revolutionary Museums and untouched towns, but there are 24 State Parks, 5 State Forests, 2 State Fish Hatcherys, and 2 State Wildlife Management Areas in Virginia. Take note of all the historic areas when visiting.
Douthat State Park: “A traditional family park since 1936, Douthat is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for the role its design played in the development of parks nationwide. Amid some of Virginia’s most breathtaking mountain scenery, visitors enjoy interpretive programs, four miles of stream fishing, a 50-acre lake stocked with trout, a sandy swimming beach with snack bar, boat rentals, a gift shop and camp store, cabins, and more than 43 miles of hiking, mountain biking and bridle trails. Plus, there are playgrounds, an amphitheater, picnic areas, tent and trailer camping, and a restaurant overlooking the lake. The Park also has 32 cabins and three lodges. Found in Millboro.
Shenandoah River State Park: There are many state parks on east coast, and this is one of the best state parks that you can visit. There are lots of breath-taking views and places in this area. If you love mountain biking this Park is great. The biking trails have a good marking system and easy to follow. The “bear bottom” trail is very challenging and fun for mountain biking, and it is marked as black diamond which is the hardest trail to bike. Moreover, there are many kinds and type of flowers and animals to see around this area. This Park comes highly recommended to anyone who loves nature. It’s a great place for cookouts and picnics as they have shelters, benches, electricity, and water supply, etc. This Park stretching along 6 miles of the Shenandoah, featuring boat launches and great fishing. Found in Bentonville.
Natural Tunnel State Park: This Park centers around a massive naturally formed cave that is so large it was used as a railroad tunnel. More than 850 feet long and as tall as a 10-story building, Natural Tunnel was naturally carved through a limestone ridge over thousands of years. William Jennings Bryan called it the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Other scenic features include a wide chasm between steep stone walls surrounded by several pinnacles, or “chimneys.” The facilities include two campgrounds, cabins, picnic areas, an amphitheater, a visitor center, a camp store, and a gift shop. You’ll also find the Wilderness Road historic area, a swimming pool with a 100-foot slide and a chairlift to the tunnel floor. Guests enjoy cave tours and canoe trips on the Clinch River, as well as the Cove Ridge Center, which offers environmental education and conference facilities. You will find this unique Park in Duffield.
Pocahontas State Park: This enormous park has lots of trails for biking, hiking, and dog walking. You will love the canoe rental. It is highly recommended to make time to see it all. You may even spot a majestic bald eagle while canoeing. All Park staff are friendly and helpful. There are at least 9 shelters. The shelter site had BBQ pits, water that the kids and adults enjoy using to fill squirt guns on a hot August day. Each shelter is surrounded by woods. This is an 8000-acre park with lakes for fishing. There is a gift shop with most of the things a person would need. You will find this Park in Chesterfield.
First Landing State Park: Be sure to see both sides of the park: the bay beach side and the marsh trail walk side. Both are beautiful, and the trail walk side had many flat and well-marked paths. Arrive early for good parking at the nature/trail center. There are beautiful marsh views and wildlife throughout this park. Mosquitoes do attack when you stop, so just keep moving. If you bring your dog, please keep him on the leash so there are no issues. The bay side offers fabulous views of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. It has nice clean sand, and many people go swimming. This campsite is one of the best campgrounds and the camping rates are very inexpensive and the campground is gorgeous! The bathrooms are clean, the tiled showers are private, (separate from the bathrooms) and clean. Staff is friendly, there’s scheduled activities which are fun. Found in Virginia Beach.
TravelKatz is looking forward to helping you make the most of a vacation in Virginia. Just give us a call at 3520277-7300 or visit us online at www.travelkatz.com for a “chat”.
Virginia Museums: Virginia is one of the 13 original colonies, with many historic landmarks. Don’t forget to visit the Arlington National Cemetery while in Virginia.
Colonial Williamsburg: This colony is the only place that takes you back in time to the dawn of America. You are in the place where the idea of our country was born; where the ideals we stand for were defined. We are in the 18th century “live,” filled with the stories of the women, men, and children – free and enslaved – whose values and visions gave us a new world. Step back in time and meet the people who made America—sing, eat, dance, and have fun with them. For every person who wants to understand this country, this is your place. They have taken immense efforts to make this a must-see location for the history loving person. The museums contain incredible artifacts and the whole town is a true ‘living museum’ with buildings dating back hundreds of years and is one of the most important locations in the USA for understanding our unequaled history.
National Museum of the Marine Corps: This museum is a lasting tribute to U.S. Marines–past, present, and future. Situated on a 135-acre site and under the command of Marine Corps University, the museum’s soaring design evokes the image of the flag-raisers of Iwo Jima and beckons visitors to this 120,000-sq-ft structure. World-class interactive exhibits using the most innovative technology surround visitors with irreplaceable artifacts and immerse them in the sights and sounds of Marines in action. Admission and parking are free. The food is amazing, at the “Tuns Tavern”. If you know your USMC History, The USMC was founded in Tun Tavern, Philadelphia, on November 10th, 1775. Adjacent to Marine Corps Base in Quantico.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: This museum is located in a low-slung building that disguises the large internal atrium linked by internal pedestrian bridges. it has impressive collections, including Tiffany lamps, English silver and beautifully Faberge-manufactured works, including five Faberge eggs. The Classical collection is also extraordinary, and the new exhibit called Egypt’s Sunken Cities, has many amazing artifacts excavated from the Mediterranean off Alexandria. Visit this museum in Arlington.
Historic Jamestowne: This Historic towne is the original site of the first permanent English settlement in America. Ongoing archaeology at the site of James Fort has changed our understanding of the struggles and triumphs of early 1600s life in Virginia. Living history programs and an archaeology museum tell the story of this dramatic rediscovery. Admission covers all the outdoor exhibitions as well as the indoor museums. A very educational experience including guides in period clothing. The replica Native American settlement, the colonists’ ships, and the indoor exhibition about Pocahontas are very impressive. The site is jointly administered by the National Park Service and Preservation Virginia. An important stop In Williamsburg.
Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters: From this headquarters on Braddock Street, General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson planned his famous Shenandoah Valley defenses and campaigns which built his legendary reputation as one of the greatest strategists in military history. The Gothic Revival style house was built in 1854 by local dentist William Fuller who sold the house in 1856 to Lieutenant Colonel Lewis Tilghman Moore, commander of the 31st Virginia Militia. Later, while commanding the 4th Virginia Infantry in the Confederate Army, Moore offered his home to serve as Jackson’s headquarters; he moved into the house in 1861, shortly after taking command of the Valley District of the Department of Northern Virginia. Jackson was joined by his wife Mary Anna in December 1861 where they lived until March 1862 when Jackson left Winchester to begin his Valley Campaign. In the 1960s, the home was purchased and converted into a museum. It includes many possessions and artifacts belonging to Jackson. One of Moore’s descendants, the late actress Mary Tyler Moore, helped to pay for the restorations of the home, including replica wallpaper matching the original. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places and designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1967. Visit this impressive home in Winchester.
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Virginia Festivals – These festivals are a great sampling of a huge variety but please remember that Virginia is one of the original thirteen colonies so there is much to see historically, too.
Last Night on the Town 2019-2020: This is a 1-day business Trade Show organized by Beachevents focusing on the company’s news, products and services of Entertainment & Media industry. Virginia Beach, Dec 31.
Winter Blues Jazz Fest: Taking place over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, primarily in the Merchant’s Square area of downtown Williamsburg. Venues include the Muscarelle Museum of Art, the Williamsburg Lodge, the Williamsburg Art Gallery, and many of Williamsburg’s best local restaurants. The over-riding goal is to provide an enriching and entertaining weekend full of jazz programs with options available to suit all tastes and budgets. The Winter Blues Jazz Fest has a little something for everyone. Williamsburg, Thu, Jan 16, at 12 noon
Virginia Festival of the Book: This festival brings together writers and readers to promote and celebrate books, reading, literacy, and literary culture. It is presented through a unique partnership of contributors that includes VFH, foundations, corporations, bookstores, schools, libraries, area businesses and organizations, and committed individuals. University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Mar 18 – 22.
2020 Mid-Atlantic Music Festival: This festival is held at one of the premier resort areas on the East Coast. You can swim, sail, or browse through the many shops on the beautiful boardwalk. The blue skies and warm breezes mean it’s time to unfold those beach towels, slip on those sandals, and somersault your way into an amazing beach season filled with fantastic events, attractions, local food, and of course, three unbelievable free beaches! So pack for fun and start living the life in Virginia Beach. Virginia Beach Oceanfront; April 16-19 or April 30-May 3.
2nd Annual So Fly Fest 2020: This Fest is dedicated to fly-fishing in Virginia. The festival and all related events are open to the public. In Bath County – Warm Springs, Apr 30 – May 3, 2020.
Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival: A series of more than forty events includes band competitions, dances, parades, carnival, dinners, luncheons, a 10K Race, the Coronation of Queen Shenandoah, two large parades, and celebrities. The Festival is an event the whole family can enjoy. Winchester, Apr 24 – May 4.
Annual Chincoteague Seafood Festival: This event is held to promote the seafood industry on Virginia’s Eastern Shore and offers fresh, local offerings and signature dishes including little neck clams, raw oysters and clams, clam fritters and strips, fried fish, steamed shrimp, clam chowder, appetizers, and a salad bar. Live entertainment, an Arts & Crafts tent, and Extravaganza Raffle for everyone’s enjoyment. This is an advance ticketed event that is typically sold out before festival day. Toms Cove Park; Sat, May 2, 10 – 4.
Give Travelkatz a call at 352-277-7300 and we will make a special vacation centered around your favorite Virginia festival. It’s not too far away to enjoy them all!
Virginia State Capital: RICHMOND
Richmond, Virginia was given its name by William Byrd II who, upon looking out at the James River from atop Church Hill, thought the region looked a bit like Richmond-upon-Thames in Surrey County, England.
Virginia Capitol Building: Inside the white, columned state capitol building, designed by Thomas Jefferson to resemble a first-century Roman temple in France, is the only sculpture of George Washington produced in his lifetime. If you’re interested in history, this is the place for you as you’re able to see statues of many people which played a big part in America some way or the other. Also, people who love to take pictures are able to enjoy the beautiful architecture and can walk to the Library of Congress to enjoy more amazing angles to take photos of. This building, in addition to being the oldest state capitol, was the capitol of the confederacy. Eight of the US Presidents originated from Virginia and are duly recognized. This is a fantastic museum type dedication to our nation’s beginning and the Civil War. Beautiful park like setting with the oldest governor’s mansion on site.
Capitol Square Park: Capitol Square in Richmond is an oasis in the middle of Downtown Richmond. Full of history this park gives you the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and view the historic capitol designed by Thomas Jefferson and the many monuments that surround it. The Governor of VA and family still live in the house adjacent to the Capitol.
The White House and Museum of the Confederacy: The White House and Museum of the Confederacy are located in downtown Richmond’s historic Court End neighborhood, just a few blocks from Capitol Square. Guided tours of Jefferson Davis’ executive mansion leave from the Museum lobby throughout the day and typically last around 45 minutes. Three floors of exhibits in the Museum chronicle the war years through the personal belongings of Confederate leaders like Robert E. Lee as well as those of common soldiers and citizens on the home-front. The White House was interesting, but the real gem is the museum itself. We would describe the museum as a collection of artifacts rather than an educational experience as with the American Civil War museum at Tredegar Iron works. We would recommend visiting both museums for a full experience and understanding. The museum collection was well presented. The exhibit on Pickett’s Charge is especially moving. The letters home are poignant. If you’re into history, this is well worth your time!
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: VMFA Arts is a top comprehensive US art museum with more than 5,000 years of art from around the world. VMFA is open 365 days a year and general admission is always free. The Wall Street Journal recently stated that VMFA is now a “two day museum.” This museum is free. Beautiful campus and great collections. The Art Deco and Art Nouveau exhibits are great, and if you like paintings of horses, this is your place. Very nice American gallery and Faberge exhibit too. Something for everyone.
Edgar Allan Poe Museum: Illustrations of the famous poem “The Raven” and numerous other artifacts surrounding the life of this great American author, the father of the psychological horror story, are housed in a series of buildings, including Richmond’s oldest. It is a small museum that will not take more than an hour to see everything but it gives a good account of Poe’s life in a rather fun and quirky way. In addition, there is a scientific section and a room full of art work related to his stories.
You can fly into Richmond or DC. and rent a car. Either way TravelKatz is ready to help make this trip a fantastic vacation for you and your family. Give us a call at 352-277-7300
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Alabama Gardens- Come witness the beautiful colors and varieties of flowers and plants as we travel to Alabama for a look. There are 13 varieties of gardens located all over the state. Call us to help you create that springtime Alabama adventure! Or maybe you would rather witness the fall colors instead.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens: A cherished place of respite and inspiration since 1962, these Gardens promote a passion for plants, gardens, and the natural world. Located in the heart of Birmingham, this 67-acre urban oasis offers beautiful blooms, glorious specialty gardens, and opportunities to grow your green thumb throughout the year. The Gardens are free and open to the public every day of the year. A facility of the Parks and Recreation Board, these Botanical Gardens are the result of a public-private partnership between the city the nonprofit Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Beautiful gardens with lots of incredible plants and water features and benches to sit and take it all in and it’s also right across from the zoo. It’s a beautiful place to take a walk, read a book, have a picnic, or take photos. The gift shop is lovely as well. Found in the city of Birmingham.
Dunn Formal Rose Garden: This Rose Garden is an official All-America Rose Selection Display Garden. It features tea roses, floribundas, grandifloras, climbers, miniatures and shrub types that bloom in glorious colors from late April until frost. You’ll see old favorites such as ‘Peace’, ‘Chrysler Imperial’, and ‘John F. Kennedy’ mingle with newcomers like ‘All That Jazz’, ‘Dolly Parton’ and ‘Fourth of July’; our bounty of roses has made this spot a mainstay attraction since The Gardens first opened in Birmingham.
Hess Camellia Garden: Another beautiful site, this Shade Garden and the Japanese Garden are found at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Come and enjoy the diversity these gardens offer.
Huntsville Botanical Garden: The 112-acre Botanical Garden is open year-round and contains a diverse ecosystem of meadows, upland and bottomland forest, and wetlands, as well as a variety of specialty gardens and native plant collections. The Mathews Nature Trail contains the largest accredited trillium collection in the U.S. and the Anderson Education Center is home to the nation’s largest open-air butterfly house. The Native Plants Teaching Garden is a public space that highlights the way local plants, soil, pollinators, and birds create distinct communities and how they interact to form a diverse, sustainable, and attractive landscape. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Garden is a member of the American Public Gardens Association of North America. Discover this garden in Huntsville.
Dothan Area Botanical Gardens: Serene retreat featuring 50 acres of lush, manicured gardens with ponds & shady walking trails. It is on the smaller side but for $5 a person it was well worth the money! There is a gorgeous Asian garden and tropical plant house. You can see a good variety of roses, camellias, and herbs, too. There are paved walkways for a very peaceful and quiet stroll on a Sunday morning. For the children, there is a kid zone which everyone loves. Found in town Dothan north of Atlanta.
Aldridge Gardens: This spot is amazing. Wonderful accessible walking trails, a hands-on bonsai educational opportunity, a Veterans Memorial Arbor and Pentagon Plaza with beautiful views of the lake, also a great place to take a run in the park – and just adorable geese or ducks! They also have a venue you can rent for events. Come experience the beauty and hospitality the city of Hoover has to offer.
Cornerstone Gardens: This garden is a beautiful hidden gem! You might very well love all the Bible verses throughout the garden! Cornerstone Gardens and Arboretum was created as a place of meditation, rest, and reflection for Carriage House Repose & Restore, Inc., a Christian support ministry for ministers, missionaries, and evangelists. The Carriage House is situated on the property close to the gardens, and the pastors and others come to stay there as a short-term respite. The caretakers and stewards of the Carriage House ministry have opened the gardens to the general public to share the natural beauty and wonder of over 5,000 plants and trees comprised of over 150 different species. Travel to Mobile to enjoy this garden.
TravelKatz is looking forward to helping you and yours have a special vacation in Alabama where you will get to see beautiful gardens. Just call us at 352-277-7300 or chat at www.travelkatz.com.