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Virginia destinations, parks and attractions

Are you going on a road trip to Virginia, looking for tips about the destinations so you and your party can enjoy it, be comfortable and not spend a fortune?

Here are some of the top destinations in Virginia and tips about visiting them

National parks and monuments in Virginia

Virginia State parks and historic sitesVirginia State Parks

Virginia Seasons, bugs, topography and climate

Virginia's climate is typical southern Atlantic coast: humid, sub-tropical, hot summers and relatively mild but cold winters that feel colder due to the relatively high humidity. There is moderate rainfall throughout the year, snows are common in the winter. Average coastal temperatures in July and August rarely exceed 90°F (32°C).

Virginia Camping tips

Twenty-nine state parks throughout the state offer camping (see camping rates) with a total of more than 1,800 campsites. Site sizes, configurations and amenities vary. Some parks provide sites with electric and water hook-ups, which tend to be larger to accommodate recreational vehicles and campers.

  • Kiptopeke and Hungry Mother campgrounds offer sewer hook-ups.
  • Primitive campgrounds are open year-round and do not offer a bathhouse.
  • Full-service campgrounds (with bathhouses) are open from the first Friday in March through the first Monday in December with the exception of Douthat, Hungry Mother, Pocahontas and Shenandoah River state parks which have full-service campgrounds open year-round.
  • Park campgrounds are pet-friendly, (False Cape has some restrictions).

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Reservations are recommended, and it's best to reserve a site as early as possible. Reservations are accepted 11 months in advance and up to 2 p.m. on the day of arrival. You may reserve a site by calling the Customer Service Center Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or at  Virginia State Parks Camping Reservations online. A “hybrid” reservation system is used for most developed campgrounds, i.e., those with bathhouses. At least half of the sites in those campgrounds may be specifically reserved. The rest are reserved by site type, and guests select a specific site on arrival. As we transition to all site specific in 2022, some parks have increased the sites available for specific reservations.

If you have concerns or questions about your upcoming reservation, please call our Customer Service Center at 800-933-7275, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please be sure to call before your reservation is scheduled to start.

There are both state parks and private campgrounds in Virginia.