When you plan your RV trip to Virginia, give yourself plenty of time to see all this beautiful state has to offer. From the historic triangle of Williamsburg, Yorktown, and Jamestown to the Shenandoah Mountains, to the cities of Richmond and Alexandria, there is something to please everyone in Virginia.
Virginia boasts over 200 wineries, in nine distinct regions. Combine a Fall winery tour with an autumn leaf tour in the Blue Ridge or Appalachian region, or relax on the Eastern Shore.
History buffs will enjoy a visit to Williamsburg and the historic College of William and Mary, the second oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The kids will enjoy a trip to Busch Gardens and Water Country USA while you’re in the area.
With miles of coastline on both the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay, the largest naval base in the world, and a moderate climate, the Hampton Roads area is a great place for family vacations.
Top 5 RV Resorts in Virginia
Davis Lakes RV Resort, Suffolk, Virginia
Conveniently located for day trips to the Virginia beach Oceanfront, Williamsburg, and the city of Norfolk, Davis Lakes RV resort has three lakes for fishing, swimming, and boating, including one lake with a large sandy beach. There is a water park for the kids, and regular concerts and other events for the whole family. All sites have full hook-ups, and big rigs are welcome. Well-behaved pets are also welcome, but visit their website for their pet rules.
Misty Mountain Camp Resort, Greenwood, Virginia
This camping resort is located at the foot of Walton’s Mountain (The very same Walton’s Mountain from the famous TV show). This 50 acre resort is open year-round, and is close to Charlottesville, Monticello, and the Blue Ridge parkway. This is a perfect place to stay for a fall foliage tour, or as a base for exploring local wineries, breweries, and apple orchards. The amenities include a swimming pool, several playgrounds, fishing, volleyball, and hiking. The resort sponsors hayrides, live concerts, and dances throughout the year. Special events like a Bluegrass festival, Fall Harvest weekend, summer luau, and a whole month of Halloween activities will keep both adults and children entertained. The resort offers fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and other guided activities with transportation to and from their property.
Bethpage Camp Resort, Urbanna, Virginia
Traveling across the famous Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel from Norfolk, you enter Virginia’s beautiful and peaceful Eastern Shore. Bethpage Camp Resort on the Eastern Shore of Virginia has been awarded the title of National park of the Year by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds. Open from April 1-November 15, the resort has over 700 RV sites, accommodating big rigs to pop-ups. The resort is located on the Rappahannock River, near the Chesapeake Bay, and boasts a boat marina, sandy beach, and numerous water activities. A large water park, mini golf course, and four playgrounds will keep children of all ages happy. A large freshwater lake is open for boating, fishing, and swimming. Children and adults can participate in water aerobics, yoga by the beach, guided runs, and nature walks. Kayak, bike, and boat rentals are available. Weekend activities include an annual oyster roast, concerts, dances, craft shows, and even Christmas in July!
Anvil Campground, Williamsburg, Virginia
Continuously operating since 1954, Anvil Campground is the longest operating campground in the state, and the 5th longest in the nation. Despite its age, Anvil is a state-of-the art facility. Every site includes 50/30/20 amp electricity, sewer, water, and cable TV. Children will enjoy the beach park, with a swimming pool, sandy beach, zip line, slides, a rock wall, and lots of other activities. The resort is pet friendly, with a large dog park with charcoal grills, a gazebo, and picnic tables. The resort provides an inexpensive shuttle service to local attractions, including Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens, Jamestown, the Williamsburg Pottery Factory, the Williamsburg Winery, and more. The city of Williamsburg is about an hour’s drive from the Virginia Beach oceanfront, and from the capital city of Richmond.
Endless Caverns Recreation Destination, New Market, Virginia
Billed as a truly unique camping experience, Endless Caverns campground sits on 256 acres atop the caverns. Open and wooded sites are available, including back-in and pull-through sites. All sites have full hook-ups. The family friendly resort offers a large swimming pool, game room, and playground for the kids, and plenty of hiking and biking trails for the whole family. The star of the show, of course, is the cavern itself. Discovered in 1879, the cave is six miles long and encompasses many different chambers with beautiful rock formations.
Best Attractions To See In Virginia
The 105 mile Skyline Drive runs along the ridgeline of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in and out of the Shenandoah National Park. The entire drive can be accomplished in about three hours with no stops. Guide books are available to point out landmarks along the drive. Numerous hiking trails, campgrounds, and other attractions are located along the drive. Skyline Drive is especially beautiful in the Spring when wildflowers abound, and in the Fall, when the leaves put on a spectacular show.
The Historic Triangle of Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown is one of the most visited places, not only in Virginia, but in the nation. Many original buildings still exists, and many more have been faithfully restored. Visitors can see what life was like in colonial America by visiting the various shops and houses, each with costumed interpreters demonstrating traditional crafts. In Jamestown, popular attractions include replicas of the colonists’ three original ships, daily glass blowing demonstrations, and a recreation of the original Jamestown settlement. Nearby is Yorktown, the site of the last major battle of the Revolutionary War.
Across the Potomac River from Washington, DC, Arlington National Cemetery is the nation’s most famous national cemetery, for veterans who served honorably in times of war and peace. The qualifications for in-ground burial at Arlington are the strictest in the nation, but most military veterans may qualify for above-ground inurnment. The cemetery’s mission is to be a “living history of freedom – Where dignity and honor rest in solemn repose.” Visitors to the cemetery are welcome to explore the 624 grounds, visit the gravesite of President John F. Kennedy, and watch the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Although Chincoteague island is open to visitors throughout the year, the area is most famous for the annual pony swim in July. It is unclear how the herd of 150 ponies first arrived on Assateague island, but they have remained there for at least 200 years. The ponies are owned by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department, and each year they are rounded up, penned, and some sold at auction. Thousands of visitors come to the island to watch the ponies swim across the Assateague Channel. The event has turned into a local festival, with a carnival, music, and food. The rest of the year, Chincoteague national Wildlife Refuge is a peaceful habitat for migratory birds, waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds, and other species.
The town of natural Bridge, Virginia is named after the famous 215 foot tall limestone formation, carved over centuries by Cedar Creek. A National Historic Landmark, the land on which the bridge sits was once owned by Thomas Jefferson. In addition to the bridge itself, nearby Lace Falls and the Natural Bridge caverns are popular attractions.
Top Rated RV Rental Companies in Virginia
Snyder’s RV, Virginia Beach, Virginia. The premier RV rental company for the Hampton Roads area, Snyder’s rents every type of rig, from small pop-ups to the largest Class A motorhomes. Snyder’s also sells and repairs RVs, and has a consignment program for those looking to trade up.
Freedom RV Rentals, Ashland, Virginia. Freedom RV offers delivery throughout the state of Virginia, and will deliver, set up, and take down an RV if you are traveling to Virginia for a specific event.
Scenic View RV, West Point, Virginia. This family owned business is conveniently located close to the capital city of Richmond, and will deduct a portion of your rental fee from the purchase price of a new RV if you decide to purchase from them.
Ace RV Rentals and Sales, Herndon, Virginia maintains a large fleet of rental vehicles of all sizes, as well as used RVs for sale, serving Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC. Airport pick-up and drop-off service makes renting from Ace convenient.
Chesapeake RV Solutions, Chesapeake, Virginia services both Virginia and North Carolina, and also sells and services new and used RVs of all types.
Top 5 Virginia Festivals
1.The Virginia Beach Neptune Festival, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Now in its 46th year, the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival attracts over 400,000 visitors over three days. One of the top festival on the East Coast, the Neptune Festival is held on the last weekend of September on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk. The festival includes hundreds of vendors, a world class art show, a surfing competition, sand volleyball competition, a parade, and the International Sand Sculpting Championship, in which sculptors from all over the world create masterpieces using nothing but sand and water. Local and nationally known entertainment is featured on three main stages and several smaller stages. If you only have time to visit one festival in Virginia, the Neptune Festival should be first on your list!
- The Virginia International Tattoo, Norfolk, Virginia.
Modeled after the world-famous Edinburgh Tattoo in Scotland, the Virginia International Tattoo is presented in Norfolk, Virginia in late April. The tattoo features hundreds of performers from all over the world, including bands, drill teams, acrobatic acts, choirs, dancers, and the massed pipe band. The dates for the tattoo coincide with the annual Virginia Arts Festival, a multi-venue event with performances in all genres of music and dance throughout the Hampton Roads area during the month of April and May.
- Old Fiddlers Convention, Galax, Virginia.
For over 70 years, the small town of Galax, Virginia has hosted the “granddaddy of all fiddling conventions.” For five days in August each year, musicians compete in dozens of categories. Fiddle, dobro, mandolin, bluegrass bands, old-time bands, clogging, banjo –if it has to do with mountain music, you can hear the vest of the best compete for bragging rights and cash prizes. Plenty of food and other merchandise are on hand throughout the week.
- Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, Winchester, Virginia.
For nearly a century, the city of Winchester comes alive at the end of April for the annual Apple Blossom festival. The festival is timed to take place during the peak blooming time for the area’s apple trees, and the views can be spectacular. Between 250,000 and 300,000 people attend the event each year, and there is something for everyone! Some of the popular events include a golf tournament, a grand parade, a wine festival, an apple pie baking contest, and, of course, the crowning of Queen Shenandoah. Live entertainment, dances, and other events abound during the week of the festival.
- Virginia Highlands Festival, Abingdon, Virginia.
This annual festival is held at the end of July, and celebrates the history, arts, and culture of Southwest Virginia. For ten days, visitors can explore the region’s best music, arts, crafts and food. The city of Abingdon is itself a feature of the festival, a registered historical landmark showcasing Victorian and Federal architecture.
Virginia State Parks You Won’t Want to Miss
1.First Landing State Park, Virginia Beach, Virginia.
First Landing State park offers a unique camping experience among the dunes of the Chesapeake Bay. Over 200 campsites are available, some wooded, some gravel, and some right in the dunes. Dry and electric/water gook-up sites are available, and some sites can accommodate up to 50’ RVs. Boat launching is free for overnight visitors. Pets are welcome in all areas of the park, including on the beach. The park itself is separated into two parts, one part on the ocean side of Shore Drive, and one side on the opposite side of the road, with forest and wetland trails. The park is named First Landing because it is the location where the Jamestown settlers first came to shore upon reaching the New World. Nineteen miles of hiking and biking trails cover the park, which is the northernmost point in the United States where Spanish moss grows. A secluded beach for boat launching and another beach for swimming are a relaxing alternative to the Virginia Beach oceanfront area, only minutes away by car.
Kiptopeke State Park, Kiptopeke, Virginia.
Kiptopeke is the only state park on the Eastern Shore, and is located along a major flyway for migratory birds. Two beaches are in the park’s boundaries – the Northern beach is open from Memorial Day to labor Day and is good for swimming, as boats, jet skis, and fishing are not allowed. The Southern beach is open for boating, crabbing, and swimming. Neither beach is guarded. There are plenty of salt-water fishing opportunities in and around the park, including pier fishing, shore fishing, and off-shore fishing. The park is located close to the Southern end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.
Fairy Stone State Park, Stuart, Virginia.
Named after the Staurolite crystals found only in Virginia, Georgia, New Mexico, Brazil, and Switzerland, the park is located on a lake, and close to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Attractions include playgrounds for the kids, including a water play area, boating, fishing, swimming, and hiking. There are designated hunting areas within the park’s boundaries, but a Virginia hunting license is required. There is a separate equestrian camping area with horse stables. Park rangers give free guided fairy stone hunts, but visitors are welcome to hunt on their own as well. The park offers sites with electric and water. The park can accommodate RVs up to 30 feet.
Smith Mountain Lake State Park, Huddleston, Virginia.
Smith Mountain Lake is a great destination for fishing and boating. The second largest freshwater lake in Virginia, Smith Mountain Lake is home to large-mouth bass, striped bass, catfish, and other species. Free boat launching is available to overnight visitors, and all visitor can rent kayaks, hydrobikes, jet skis, paddleboats, and ski boats. Thirteen hiking trails and two public beaches are also available. A popular local attraction is the Peaks of Otter, three mountain peaks with hiking trails in varying degrees of difficulty.
Staunton River State Park, Scottsburg, Virginia.
This beautiful park is located in the south central part of the state, right on the North Carolina border. It has been designated as an International Dark Sky Park because of the lack of light pollution, providing great opportunities for stargazing. Night-time interpretive stargazing programs and telescope rentals are available. The park has amenities usually associated with private camping resort, like an Olympic sized swimming pool, three playgrounds, tennis and volleyball courts, and boat launches. The park contains an equestrian campground with horse stalls, with access to Buggs Island Lake, Virginia’s largest lake. The park has sites with 20/30 amp electric and water hook-ups, and can accommodate RVs up to 50’ in length.