As much as we may love to travel, living in Virginia means you don’t actually have to go that far to experience some worldly wonder. In every part of the state, you’ll find treasures that people from all over would happily make the trip to see. You’ve most likely heard of all of these, but if you haven’t experienced them, it’s time to plan accordingly. Some have been created by man while others are the result of nature. Here are seven sites in Virginia that just might rival the pyramids.
1. Natural Bridge
Natural Bridge is often included in the "7 Natural Wonders of the World" list. The bridge formed when a cavern collapsed, and legend has it that George Washington surveyed the area for Lord Fairfax. The bridge is privately owned, but you can still visit it for a fee.
Just one mile from Natural Bridge sits another of Virginia's wonders. Why travel all the way to England when you can admire a complete replica of Stonehenge right here in Virginia? Artist Mark Cline created this masterpiece entirely out of foam which has been painted to resemble Stonehenge. The result is every bit as majestic as the real thing.
3. High Bridge
Farmville's High Bridge towers 160 feet over the Appomattox River. The original bridge was built in 1853 as part of the South Side Railroad. This was also the site of one of the last battles of the Civil War. The bridge has been incorporated into High Bridge Trail State Park, where visitors can enjoy hiking or biking this scenic route.
4. Natural Tunnel
William Jennings Bryan referred to Natural Tunnel as the "Eighth Wonder of the World." The cave is 800 ft long and approximately 10 stories high. The tunnel was naturally carved over thousands of years through a limestone ridge. Visit Natural Tunnel State Park in Duffield for hiking, kayaking, guided tours, and more. This park has been attracting visitors for over one hundred years.
5. Luray Caverns
Get ready for the most incredible underground experience. That's right - Virginia has wondrous sites above AND below ground. This registered National Landmark was founded in 1878 and has peaks that measure up to 10 stories high. It's just one of the many cavern systems in the Shenandoah Valley.
6. Great Falls
Great Falls Park is only 15 miles from the nation's capital, although you won't feel anywhere close to the busy city once you arrive here. You can admire the Potomac from a distance or engage in all sorts of activities, including kayaking and white water rafting.
7. Burkes Garden
Located in Tazewell, Burkes Garden is known as "God's thumbprint." It's the highest valley in the state and also has the most fertile land, a true haven for agriculture. From an aerial view, the shape of the valley does look like a thumbprint.
Are there any wondrous Virginia sites that you wish had made it to the list? Be sure to let us know!