Top things to do

Top Choice National Park in Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park

One of the most spectacular national parks in the country, Shenandoah is like a new smile from nature: in spring and summer the wildflowers explode, in fall the leaves burn bright red and orange, and in winter a col…
Top Choice American in The Piedmont

Inn at Little Washington

One of the best restaurants ever – you should sell a kidney and make a reservation. Diners have their pick of three tasting menus, each more delectable than the other. Caviar, Japanese Wagyu beef and milk-fed porcle…
Top Choice Historic Site in Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg

The restored capital of England’s largest colony in the New World is a must-see attraction for visitors of all ages. This is not some phony, fenced-in theme park: Colonial Williamsburg is a living, breathing, workin…
Top Choice Historic Site in Northern Virginia

Mount Vernon

One of the most visited historic shrines in the nation, Mount Vernon was the beloved home of George and Martha Washington, who lived here from the time of their marriage in 1759 until George's death in 1799. Now own…
Top Choice Cemetery in Arlington

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington is the somber final resting place for more than 400,000 military personnel and their dependents. The 624-acre grounds contain the dead of every war the US has fought since the Revolution. Highlights includ…
Top Choice Historic Building in Alexandria

Carlyle House

If you have time for just one historic house tour in Alexandria, make it this one. The house dates from 1753 when merchant and city founder, John Carlyle, built the most lavish mansion in town (which in those days w…
Top Choice Live Music in Arlington

Iota

With shows almost every night of the week, Iota is the best venue for live music in Clarendon’s music strip. Bands span genres; folk, reggae, traditional Irish and Southern rock are all distinct possibilities. Ticke…
Top Choice American in Richmond

L'Opossum

We're not exactly sure what's going on here, but it works. The name of the place is terrible. Statues of Michelangelo's David pose here and there. And dishes come with names that are almost too hip, like the Darth G…
Top Choice Modern American in Roanoke

Lucky

Lucky has excellent cocktails (try 'The Cube') and a seasonally inspired menu of small plates (hickory-smoked porchetta, roasted oysters) and heartier mains (buttermilk fried chicken, morel and asparagus gnocchi). T…
Top Choice Antiques in Roanoke

Black Dog Salvage

As seen on the cable show Salvage Dogs, the folks at this sprawling antique shop sell doors and door knobs, light fixtures, wrought iron, and vintage plumbing and hardware, Basically, it's filled with architecturall…