THE ROAD FROM RICHMOND, PART 1

Great food, great beer, culture, history, adventure—Richmond, VA’s got it all.

But if you’re a native, or if you’ve already explored Richmond’s nooks and crannies, you may be pining for fun beyond the city limits.

In which case, you’re in luck.

Richmond’s location in the center of Virginia puts it within arm’s reach of the coast, the mountains and the countryside. This means you’re only a 15-passenger van rental away from some nearby, non-Richmond adventures.

Not sure where to start?

Here are few ideas.


The Northern Neck

Virginia

Following the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, the Northern Neck peninsula lets you step back in time to a simpler, quieter world.

From villages where watermen still fish for crabs and oysters to family farms where roadside stands offer road-trippers a taste of local produce, you’ll find friendly people everywhere—and plenty to see and do.

Given the region’s historical significance (three of the first five American Presidents were born here), you may want to check out the sites. There’s the George Washington Birthplace National Monument, historic Reedville (which the fishing industry once made one of the wealthiest towns in the U.S.) and the birthplace of Declaration of Independence signer Francis Lightfoot Lee.

History not your thing? Check out one of the area’s state parks for fishing, camping, boating or hiking.

There’s a little something here for everyone.


Shenandoah Valley

Virginia

Picture it: a 200-mile-long valley through the Blue Ridge Mountains filled with little towns, scenic drives, wineries, microbreweries, preserved battlefields and caverns.

Sound road trip-worthy? We think so.

Attractions and amenities aside, the Valley offers a huge range of outdoor activities. Horseback riding, canoeing, hiking, fishing, swimming, rock-climbing—it’s all here, and it’s all surrounded by 200,000 acres of unspoiled wilderness.

Explore a cave. Rent a cabin. Follow a whisky/wine tasting trail through eight wineries, three distilleries and two breweries.

In the light of day or the dark of a cavern, you’re sure to make some unforgettable memories.


Great Dismal Swamp

Suffolk, Virginia

Looking to get back to nature?

Less than two hours from Richmond, you’ll find the last remaining stretch of a habitat that once covered over a million acres of Virginia and North Carolina. And when we say “stretch,” we mean 112,000 acres of protected wilderness refuge—including 20 miles of trails and a 2,000-foot boardwalk that leads you deep into the swamp.

It’s home to over 200 species of birds, 96 species of butterfly and 47 kinds of mammal. Not including you.

Needless to say, it’s a wildlife lover’s dream. And a perfect spot to bike, hike, or kayak.

If Richmond’s your Point A, you’ve got plenty of Point B’s to choose from, all a (relatively) quick drive away. So rent yourself a 15-passenger van and start planning your next adventure.


No matter where in New England you travel, you’re in for a treat. The views, the fresh air—it’s only a van trip away.

 

 

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