Known for the first English settlement in the United States, the historic homes of two presidents and more than 2,000 Civil War battles, Virginia is brimming with U.S. history. Find out why this state should be your next travel nursing destination.
Explore the outdoors. Virginia has 35 state parks and 30 national parks and designated historical sites. You could spend each weekend in a different area and still only see just a handful of them. If you’re planning a trip, don’t miss Shenandoah National Park’s Skyline Drive, a 105-mile-long stretch through the park that goes over the Blue Ridge Mountains and connects with the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina. The Chesapeake Bay, shared by Virginia and Maryland, offers kayaking, fishing, boating and more. You can even pick a trail to follow, such as the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, which give you a glimpse of what the Chesapeake Bay looked like 400 years ago when Europeans first explored it. Finally, the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests that cross the state are worth driving or riding your bike through on a spring or summer afternoon.
Go back in time. Colonial Williamsburg is a must-see when you’re on assignment in Virginia. Experience what life was like in the 1770s when the Declaration of Independence was signed by walking through original homes from the era, visiting one of the taverns for drinks and dinner, exploring the Bruton Parish Church and even enjoying gingerbread cakes from the bakery. If you’d like a richer experience, stay the night in one of Williamsburg’s historic inns. Make sure you also visit historic Jamestowne, the first English settlement on U.S. soil, just 20 miles from Williamsburg.
See wild horses swim the channel. Each year since 1925, wild ponies herded by cowboys swim from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island, where the foals are auctioned off to raise money for the Chincoteague Fire Department. Many people gather to watch the swim every year, and the event inspired Margaret Henry’s book Misty of Chincoteague. If you’ve always wanted to see wild horses, plan your visit for the last week of July — or learn more about the spring and fall pony roundups.
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