In case you needed further convincing that Virginia is the place to be, or the place to be from, here are some things that our state consistently proves to be the best in. Sure, we’re a little biased, but that doesn’t make these things any less true. Some of the following 12 things have been officially ranked, while others we may have decided for ourselves (see item #2). In any case, there is a lot to be proud of when you’re from the Old Dominion.
A trip to Williamsburg, Yorktown, or one of Virginia's hundreds of museums will delightfully enrich your understanding of our country's history. A lot of it took place right here.
2. Being the most presidential state
Virginia has been home to eight presidents -- more than any other state in the country.
3. State Pride
With "Love" signs scattered all over the state, is there any doubt that we love Virginia?
4. Outdoor adventure
Whether it's hiking, kayaking, climbing, or caving, you won't find any shortage of outdoor adventure here. We consider ourselves number one because of the variety and the unbeatable views that come along with it.
5. Craft beer
There are more than 100 breweries in the state of Virginia and it seems like they keep popping up all over the place. With each brewery comes variety and a taste of local flavor.
6. Live Music
Whether it's a sold out arena or small acoustic stage, Virginia has a fine selection of music venues. After all, Bristol was the birthplace of country music.
7. Bird watching
There are over 400 species of birds in Virginia, according to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Bird watchers rank Virginia, particularly the Chincoteague area, as one of the best places for the activity.
8. Peanut production
The production of peanuts has been a part of Virginia's history since the early settlers. Virginia may not produce the most peanuts in the country, but the historical ties make Virginia the true peanut state.
Virginia is home to some of the finest and oldest academic institutions in the country. The college of William & Mary was founded in 1693.
9. Having the best college town
And speaking of academics, Charlottesville has been ranked the best college town in America.
Virginia is ranked as the top place for businesses due to its talented workforce, level of education, and resources.
11. License plates
With the highest number of vanity pates in the country, you can't help but smile at some of the plates you'll pass on the road.
There's really no explanation necessary for this one.
Can you think of anything else that Virginia has been ranked officially – or unofficially – in? We’d love to hear from you!