Nature November 01, 2017
10 Unimaginably Beautiful Places In Virginia That You Must See Before You Die
Virginia has no shortage of beautiful attractions. Perhaps we’re biased, but we believe it to be the single most beautiful state in the entire country. From the Blue Ridge Mountains all the way to the Eastern Shore, every corner of the state is marked by natural beauty. If you’re in need of further convincing, look no further than these 10 unimaginably beautiful sites in our great state:
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Grayson Highlands State Park
Sprawling mountain views, wild ponies, unobstructed landscapes...these are just a few of the marvels that await you when you head towards Grayson Highlands State Park in southwestern Virginia. This park also has access to the Appalachian Trail as well as the highest point in the entire state of Virginia. For more details,
2. Skyline Drive
Skyline Drive is perhaps the most iconic drive through Virginia. No matter the season, this scenic route straight through Shenandoah National Park is delightful. Not only will you enjoy scenic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, but you'll also have the opportunity to pull off for panoramic views and unforgettable hikes. For more details about this site,
3. Assateague Island National Seashore
If you thought the wild ponies of Grayson Highlands were majestic, you'll be equally enchanted by the creatures that roam along the shores of Assateauge Island National Seashore. Shared by both Virginia and Maryland, this stretch of coastline is a must-see for everyone. Whether you're a fan of the beach itself, the unique landscape, or perhaps the iconic lighthouse, you'll love a trip to this gem of the Eastern Shore. For more information about this site,
4. Great Falls National Park
Just a stone's throw from Washington D.C. awaits a wonderland of cascades, waterfalls, rapids, and more. Among some of the better-known National Parks, Great Falls remains something of a hidden gem. Whether you're inspired to paddle, hike, or bike, you'll feel like a true adventurer after a day spent in this beloved natural area. For more information about Great Falls National Park,
5. Falling Spring Falls
The only word to describe this scenic 80-foot waterfall is breathtaking. The falls can be admired from Route 220 Alleghany County. There's a designated parking and viewing area so visitors can easily and safely admire the attraction. For more incredible waterfalls, be sure to read about
Ultimate Virginia Waterfalls Road Trip.
6. Devil's Bathtub
This attraction is far less accessible than others on the list, yet it's certainly worth mentioning. The ethereal beauty of Devil's Bathtub is like something from a fairytale. A trying hike through the forest near Fort Blackmore will lead you to this oasis. To learn more about this site,
7. The Light of Truth Universal Shrine
Aptly named, Yogaville is the home of one of Virginia's most stunning architecture. The Light of Truth Universal Shrine (also known as LOTUS) has been around since 1982 and serves as a site celebrating interfaith worship and spirituality. In fact, the LOTUS has a sister site in India which looks remarkably similar. While this isn't a natural attraction, the beauty it mirrors from the surrounding landscape is extraordinary. For more information about this site, including its fascinating history,
8. Thomas Walker Civic Park
Located near the border of Kentucky and Virginia awaits a magnificent park featuring a massive sand cave that relatively few know about. As you step inside this gigantic natural wonder, you'll notice a multi-colored ceiling caused by years of erosion. The park also features a breathtaking trail system that leads to a tri-state overview. Whether you hike or simply explore the cave, you'll feel like a true explorer. For more information about this sand cave,
9. Staunton River State Park
Staunton River State Park is beautiful any time of day, but there's something truly resplendent about the stars that appear over this park. For one, it's a designated International Dark Sky Park, meaning there's so little light pollution that the brightness of the stars seems magnified. Whether you're camping out or watching the stars emerge after dusk, you'll feel moved by the natural beauty of this park.
10. Carvins Cove
This gem outside of Roanoke is a gorgeous place for relaxation, adventure, and site seeing. With its sapphire-blue waters, this reservoir is every bit as picturesque as it is inviting. During warmer months, visitors can rent kayaks or fish in select areas. And if you're looking for something a bit less active, you can always post up along the bank and enjoy a scenic picnic lunch. For more information about Carvins Cove,
How many of these iconic sites have you visited in Virginia? Would you add any to the list? We’d love to hear your suggestions and make a “Part 2” of this article!