There are many ways to view the beautiful commonwealth of Virginia. While trekking out on your own adventure certainly has its benefits, there’s something to be said about joining a professionally organized tour. You can sit back or tag alone and enjoy all the fascinating information and beautiful sites along the way. The following unforgettable tours will offer unique glimpses of Virginia’s history, culture, and beauty.
1. Richmond Rides Bike Tour
Richmond Rides offers several different bike tours that meander through the historic streets of Richmond. One of the most popular tours is the "Foodie Tour," which allows you to explore the Church Hill neighborhoods while stopping along the way to sample treats from local bakeries and award-winning restaurants. There's no better way to learn about the city than through examining the beautiful architecture and learning about local cuisine.
2. Smith Mountain Lake Alpaca Tour
The Smith Mountain Lake Alpaca farm tours are one of the top agri-tourism attractions in the Blue Ridge area. It's a unique experience for visitors of all ages. Tour are offered daily, allowing you to interact with these fascinating creatures. In addition to being around the alpacas, you'll also learn about their impact on the land and the importance of their products. There's also a gift store nearby where visitors can purchase unique alpaca fashion and jewelry.
3. Lexington Ghost Tour
Since 1996, Lexington ghost tours have offered a unique perspective of the small town's Civil War and victorian history. If you're looking for an off-the-beaten-path historical tour, this is it. The tour itself winds through the darkened streets of downtown Lexington and eventually leads to the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery. This site has been credited with many hauntings and unusual phenomena. Even the most skeptical participants might just question their reality on this tour.
4. Olde Towne Fredericksburg Historical Tours
Fredericksburg is one of the most historic cities in the country, and there's no better way to experience its cobblestone streets than by carriage. In a half an hour, this tour will meander through charming neighborhoods. During the ride, visitors will learn about the local churches, one of which was attended by George Washington himself, the Fredericksburg Area Museum/Cultural Center, living history museums, the slave trade, and more.
5. Hampton Roads Air Tours
Hampton Roads is a stunning city to begin with, but it's even more breathtaking from a bird's eye view. Hampton Road Air Tours are private tours that can accommodate up to 3 flyers. They're perfect for that special occasion you've been wanting to celebrate. Guests can choose from a variety of packages. The Historic Air Tour, for example, flies up the James River over the spot where the settlers first landed in Jamestown. Other tours include the Oceanic Tour, Nature Lovers Air Tour, and the Metropolitan Air Tour.
6. Charlottesville Craft Brewery Tours
Cville Hop On Tours is an affordable experience that allows you to enjoy some of the finest craft beers in the area. For years, Charlottesville has been known for its breweries, and this tour will provide a taste of the fine product as well as the history behind the establishments. The afternoon includes a tour of South Street Brewery, Bold Rock Hard Cider, and Three Notch'd Brewing Company. With a festive bus, you won't have to worry about finding a designated driver.
7. Kayak Nature Tours
For the outdoor enthusiasts looking for a memorable way to experience Virginia Beach, Kayak Nature Tours are just the ticket. These tours offer a variety of settings, including First Landing, Blackwater River, and many areas on the Chesapeake Bay. Some of these even include dolphin tours, an exciting option that lets you get up close and personal with the little swimmer. This tour company has been in operation for over 20 years and is consistently rated among the highest in the area.
8. Luray Caverns
Luray Caverns is open 7 days a week, all year round. So really, there's no excuse not to visit this incredible cavern system underneath the Shenandoah Valley. You could be one of millions that has walked underground to view the incredible rock formations. You'll be guided through 'rooms' that are cathedral sized and have ceilings up to 10-stories high. It's a tour that's sure to engage visitors of all ages.
9. Yorktown Segway Tours
It might seem a bit ironic to cruise through historic Yorktown on such a modern vehicle, but that's part of what makes the Yorktown Segway Tours so entertaining. For $39, you can opt for the one hour "breeze" tour, which begins along the scenic York River and continues into the historic village. After rolling by many historically significant sites, the tour will end at the entrance of the National Park Visitors Center.
One of the best parts about living in Virginia is there’s really no wrong way to learn about this wonderful state. Which of these fantastic tours have you taken to explore Virginia? Which would you add to the list? We’d love to hear about your experiences!