Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains is the small town of Washington, VA or better known as Little Washington. Little Washington is more of a village than a town with a population of less than 150 persons, not including a few farm animals. Check in at the Inn at Little Washington for a getaway with a home away from home feel and make sure to dine at their award-winning restaurant that has critics raving. While you’re in Little Washington, head 30 minutes West and check out one of the great wonders of Virginia, the Luray Caverns.
Distance from RVA: 111 miles
Must Visit: Luray Caverns
Virginia Beach, VA
While driving into Virginia Beach you immediately smell the sea soaked air and you’re ready to let your inner beach bum out. Spend a day on the water with a run on a jetski or head to the pier for a day full of fishing. After you’ve had your fun in the sun, check out the Boardwalk and browse local shops and boutiques for some take-home souvenirs. For a one of a kind brunch experience, head to Chix Seaside Grille for a beachside brunch that will leave your taste buds satisfied.
Distance from RVA: 108 miles
Must Visit: The Pier
Head just an hour North of Richmond and you will run into the beautiful, historic city of Charlottesville. Charlottesville is home to Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello which over looks the University of Virginia. After you take some history head to Carter Mountain Orchard to pick fresh fruit, if it’s in season or you can sample some hard cider at the Bold Rock Hard Cider Cellar. After a day in mountains, head back into the city and walk around the Downtown Mall or plan for a day at one of Charlottesville’s 30+ wineries.
Distance from RVA: 71 miles
Must Visit: Monticello
If you are looking to plan a weekend getaway but can’t seem to pick where, then a stay-cation in the River City is just what the doctor ordered. Richmond, VA has become a haven for foodies, craft beer drinkers and outdoors adventurers alike. Grab your bike or walking shoes and spend the day on the Virginia Capital Trail. The 52 mile stretch will ensure you get in your daily dose of exercise but also see some of the most beautiful spots in Richmond. Make sure to check out Richmond’s food scene and see what makes this city so delicious and for all you craft beer drinkers, here is our guide to Richmond’s Craft Beer Scene.
Distance from RVA: 0 miles
Must Visit: The Roosevelt
Staunton, VA has reinvented itself from a small town to a small cool town. Downtown Staunton has grown its vibrant arts and music scene and has revitalized its food and dining reputation. After the long scenic drive, walk down historic Main Street and stop by some of the local shops and galleries. As one of the oldest cities West of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Staunton has a vast history that you can dive into at the Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia. End your trip with the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail and sample what’s brewing in the Blue Ridge.
Distance from RVA: 109 miles
Must Visit: Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail
Yorktown, VA, located just a few miles East of Williamsburg, is home to waterfront restaurants, beaches, boutiques and history. Get your fill of local history and stop by the American Revolution Museum of Yorktown and learn about the battles and the city’s involvement in the war or check out the historic site of the battle at Yorktown Battlefield. Make sure to spend one evening strolling down Riverwalk Landing and browsing Yorktown’s local restaurants and shops.
Distance from RVA: 63 miles
Must Visit: Riverwalk Landing
Cape Charles, VA
Located across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel is the quaint beach town of Cape Charles. The city used to be only accessible by ferry but is now a frequent getaway destination for Virginians. Cape Charles has a newly renovated Town Harbor, where you can grab dinner at the waterfront restaurant, The Shanty and you can end your evening with a walk on the beach. Make sure to head to Kiptopeke State Park for a quick hike and if you’re visiting in the fall, the park is a prime spot to watch for hawks.
Distance from RVA: 129 miles
Must Visit: Kiptopeke State Park
Whether you go 30 minutes away or 3 hours, a weekend getaway is a great way to explore new places and experience new things. But if you haven’t finished exploring the River City, check out these 7 Richmond Must-Do’s in 7 Days.
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