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Alexandria
Old Town Alexandria’s historic area offers many adventures. The area also has many shopping options neatly packaged along several blocks of the often-bustline King Street. Walk and shop yourself into a frenzy. Then treat yourself to some gourmet ice cream at the Ben & Jerry's shop at the end of the street. History buffs may want to visit the Waterfront Museum, the Lyceum (center of Alexandria’s heritage and culture), the Carlyle House, Christ Church (regularly attended by George Washington and Robert E. Lee), the George Washington Masonic Memorial and Gadsby’s Tavern.
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Arlington
Visit historic Fort Myer and Arlington National Cemetery.
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Gunston Hall
The home of George Mason, father of the Bill of Rights, is at Lorton, off U.S. 1 on State Route 242.
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Morven Park Mansion, Leesburg
A 1,200-acre estate west of Leesburg, was home to two governors. The estate also has the Museum of Hounds and Hunting, a coach house and the Winmillcq Carriage Collection, which displays 25 vehicles including coaches, gigs, a hearse and steam pumper.
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Mount Vernon
The home of George Washington is on the bank of the Potomac River, eight miles south of Alexandria. Mount Vernon ( or ) has the most complete set of outbuildings of any museum house today. Now offers a 30-minute river cruise along the Potomac.
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Oatlands Mansion, Leesburg
The mansion was built in 1804 by George Carter, the great-grandson of Robert “King” Carter. The mansion is surrounded by four acres of formal gardens.
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Woodlawn Plantation
Located three miles west of Mount Vernon, the plantation offers the best of the old and the new. The plantation house was the home of Lawrence Lewis, George Washington's nephew and his wife, Eleanor "Nelly" Custis Lewis, Martha Washington's granddaughter.
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Monticello
Thomas Jefferson’s home sits just outside of Charlottesville. Monticello was built by Jefferson over a period of 40 years.
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Historic Michie Tavern
Located just below Monticello, the tavern, now a museum and general store, was built about 1784 near Earlysville, dismantled and moved to its present site in 1928.
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Ash Lawn–Highland
Located about two miles from the Michie Tavern, this was the home of James Monroe, who moved there at the urging of his friend Thomas Jefferson.
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University of Virginia
At U.Va., many tourists stroll the scenic campus. The main stop is the Rotunda, part of the original complex designed by Thomas Jefferson that was the library and hub of student activity when the university opened in 1819.
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Winchester
Apple Blossom Festival in April; Belle Grove, headquarters of Union Gen. Phil Sheridan in the Civil War; Burwell Morgan Mill; Confederate Lt. Gen. Thomas J. Stonewall Jackson's headquarters.
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Stratford Hall Plantation
This is the ancestral seat of the Lees of Virginia, notably two signers of the Declaration of Independence, and the birthplace of Gen. Robert E. Lee.
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Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest, Bedford County
This is the home Jefferson designed and used as his personal retreat.
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Richmond
Virginia’s capital, 50 miles south of Fredericksburg, features the Edgar Allan Poe Museum, St. John’s Church (where Patrick Henry made his famous “Give me liberty or give me death” speech), the White House of the Confederacy, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Valentine Museum, Maymont and the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, among many other attractions. The Carytown shopping district presents dozens of independent shops and restaurants offerent items you won't find anywhere else.
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Wakefield
Officially known as George Washington Birthplace National Monument, Wakefield is a 357-acre working farm operated by the National Park Service along the Potomac River and Pope’s Creek.
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Williamsburg
Williamsburg offers a 173-acre historic area restored to its 18th-century charm.
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Jamestown
The Original Site is run by the National Park Service and includes excavations, exhibits and more.
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Montpelier
Former home of President James Madison. Estate of 2,750 acres includes farmland, race courses, a large formal garden, a panoramic landscape, a National Landmark Forest and dozens of buildings.
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Luray Caverns
Best known of Virginia’s caverns, Luray is surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and is minutes from the Skyline Drive
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Staunton
The Frontier Culture Museum features re-created farms typical of 17th- and 18th-century immigrants to the backcountry of the Upper South and Middle Atlantic region. Open 9 a.m.–5 p.m daily mid-March to Dec. 1; 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Dec. 1 to mid-March.
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