|Summer in Virginia is a truly magical time. The days are longer, the weather is warm, and getting outside for an adventure never seemed more appealing. With summer in full swing, now’s the perfect time to plan some remarkable day trips to fill up your calendar. Whether you’re up for a thrilling outdoor adventure or something a little cooler, you should find plenty of inspiration for your next day trip here:
If you’re looking for a unique way to cool off while also embarking on an unforgettable adventure, head to Virginia’s natural waterslide in Shenandoah National Park. Located just outside of Syria and accessible by trail, this waterfall slide ends in a refreshingly chilly swimming hole. To learn more about this thrilling slide, click here.
It may seem daunting from afar, but the drive along this impressive 23-mile structure is nothing short of breathtaking. Since its construction in the 1960s, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel has seen over 100 million passengers. If you’ve yet to take this drive, summer is an ideal time of year. For stunning drone footage of this drive, click here.
Operated by Amtrak, the Cardinal is a long-distance passenger train featuring a particularly scenic route in Virginia. Passengers can catch the train in Charlottesville and enjoy breathtaking mountain views as the train makes its way westward over Afton Mountain and beyond. For more information on this scenic ride, click here.
A visit to White Oak Lavender Farm is sure to be a memorable trip. Not only do visitors experience the fragrant blooms, but they also get to sample some authentic lavender products. Photographed above is the irresistible blueberry lavender ice cream. For more information about this farm in Harrisonburg, click here.
Assateague Island National Seashore, shared by Virginia and Maryland, is an absolutely breathtaking stretch of land along Virginia’s Eastern Shore. On the Maryland portion of the beach, you may even encounter some wild ponies. This gorgeous preserve is well worth a visit if you’ve yet to go. For more information about Assateague Island National Seashore, click here.
Virginia is filled with scenic water trails perfect for kayaking and canoeing. Depending on your skill level, you can choose from calm currents to more challenging rapids. Whichever experience you choose, you’ll be absolutely enthralled by the gorgeous river scenery along the way. For some trip ideas, click here.
Burnside Farms in Haymarket becomes ablaze with yellow blooms in mid-July. Head out to the farm and you can explore the sunflower maze, pick your own blooms, and simply marvel at the picturesque beauty of the flowers. For more information one this incredible sunflower field, click here.