Life is good here in Virginia. Perhaps a little
too good, because the idea of living anywhere else just isn’t as appealing. Sure, Virginians love to travel. But chances are, once you’ve left, you’ll always have something to feel homesick for. Here are the reasons why living in Virginia has ruined you for life.
1. The music scene is original, authentic, and eclectic.
As advertised in Bristol, Virginia is the birthplace of country music. Outdoor festivals, breweries, restaurants, and local bars are all packed with some incredible local talent.
2. There's only one Shenandoah National Park.
It's as heavenly as it looks.
3. The hiking is world class.
As this photo from Highlands State Park suggests, the hundreds of miles of hiking trails (including a significant portion of the Appalachian Trail) are unbeatable.
4. Waterfalls and swimming holes are in just about every part of the state.
5. You’ve gotten used to four gorgeous seasons.
Crisp autumn afternoons...
Cherry blossoms in the spring...
And restful summer days.
6. Not every state has such a diverse array of galleries and museums.
Pictured is the notable Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.
7. You expect to find seasonal craft beer and a lively social scene in just about any town.
A delicious sampler from Blue Mountain Brewery.
8. You might start thinking food everywhere tastes this great.
You will sadly be mistaken.
9. Fresh and local produce has surely spoiled you.
Virginia is farm friendly, and we've got the fairs and festivals to prove it. This beautiful apple display is from Cox Farm in Centreville.
10. Technically, you could see the mountains, river, and beach in the same day.
The stunning view from Hawksbill Mountain.
The ocean view in Norfolk.
11. You could even make a quick stop underground if you wanted to.
Where else can you go exploring eight different caverns?
12. You'll have a difficult time finding a state with more history.
Or more enthusiasm for Virginia history.
Colonial Williamsburg shopkeepers proudly sport their time-period costumes.
13. Virginia is home to the friendliest people around.
Southern hospitality is alive and well in Virginia. Whether that means waving to passing drivers, or a friendly hello in a small town, Virginia is the place for friendly and happy folks.
14. You’ve got the option of being a country mouse by day...
...And a city slicker by night.
A short drive from peaceful rural territory and you will find yourself in a major city, or even Washington D.C.
15. Knowing that Virginia is just the most beautiful state around.