10 Out Of This World Summer Day Trips To Take In Virginia

Summer in Virginia is a truly magical time. The days are longer, the weather is warm, and getting outside for an adventure never seemed more appealing. With summer in full swing, now’s the perfect time to plan some remarkable day trips to fill up your calendar. Whether you’re up for a thrilling outdoor adventure or something a little cooler, you should find plenty of inspiration for your next great outing on our list of the best summer day trips in Virginia. Ready to get started on your next adventure?

To get you in the day trip frame of mind, check out the following video of the natural water slide at Shenandoah, courtesy of YouTube User AnneMarie68:

Have you enjoyed any of these day trips in Virginia before? If so, feel free to tell us about your experiences! What other activities do you think deserve a mention on our list of the best day trips in Virginia? Be sure to share your thoughts with us in the comments below — we would love to hear from you! For more summer day trip ideas, be sure to read about Virginia’s Hidden Beaches Road Trip.

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Best Day Trips In Virginia

March 02, 2022

What are some of the best hiking trails in Virginia?

Some of the best hiking trails in Virginia include:

  • Old Rag Mountain Trail in Shenandoah National Park
  • Crabtree Falls in Montebello
  • White Oak Canyon Trail in Shenandoah National Park
  • Scott's Run Nature Reserve in McLean
  • The Virginia Creeper Trail
  • Cape Henry Trail in First Landing State Park
  • The James River Park Trails in Richmond
  • Belfast Trail to the Devil's Marbleyard, Blue Suck Falls Trail, and Tuscarora Overlook in Douthat State Park
  • Birch Knob Observation Tower and Trail in Dickenson County, and Brumley Mountain Trail to the Channels near Abingdon.


How many of these incredible hiking trails in Virginia have you experienced?

Where can I go in Virginia that only the locals know about?

There are so many secrets and hidden gems in Virginia -- it's hard to know where to begin! One of the best ways to experience the state is to check out the hyper-local spots. Some of these destinations include:

  • Highland County (Virginia's Little Switzerland)
  • Caledon State Park
  • Kiptopeke State Park
  • Burke's Garden in Tazewell County
  • Carvin's Cove near Roanoke
  • Devil's Bathtub
  • The Bluebell Trail
  • Breaks Interstate Park.


Learn more about these hidden gem destinations in Virginia.