12 Hidden Gems of Virginia

Want to expand your horizons and take a little road trip? Virginia has so much to offer when it comes to interesting places that will take your breath away.

Huntley Meadows Sky

Huntley Meadows | Photo by Dwood Photography

Huntley Meadows | Fairfax County

If you love nature and wildlife, Huntley Meadows is filled with various types of plants and animals for your to enjoy anytime of the year. With about 1,500 acres to explore, you’ll experience nature at it’s finest. To learn more information, click here.

Location: 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA 22306

Bull Run Mountains Conservancy | Chapman’s Mill

At the Bull Run Mountains Conservancy, there is many trails to choose from. Pay the 2,500-acre Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve a visit when you have the chance. If you would like to learn more information, click here.

Location: 17502 Beverley Mill Dr, Broad Run, VA 20137

Dinosaur Land

Dinosaur Land | Photo by Jamy Bond

Dinosaur Land | White Post

Travel back in time and get in touch with history by visiting DinosaurLand. This roadside attractions features about 50 types of dinosaurs throughout naturalistic surroundings. Click here to learn more information.

Location: 3848 Stonewall Jackson Hwy, White Post, VA 22663

Wat Lao Buddhavong – Buddhist Temple | Catlett

If you are a Buddhist or have been wanting to learn about the Buddhist religion, visit Wat Lao Buddhavong. With its beautiful location and structure, this non-profit charitable and religious institution was founded in 1979. Click here to learn more information.

Location: 3043 Catlett Rd, Catlett, VA 20119

Abandoned Virginia Renaissance Faire | Jack Says Relax on Flickr (Creative Commons)

Abandoned Virginia Renaissance Faire | Photo by Jack Says Relax on Flickr (Creative Commons)

Abandoned Virginia Renaissance Faire | Fredericksburg

If you are into visiting abandoned sites, well, sorry you can’t visit this one. As interesting as it may be to visit this abandoned Faire, it is located on private property. Due to the location the Faire was placed in from 1996-1999, nature took it’s course and proved the Faire could not stand a chance. It has been rotting and decaying ever since it was abandoned. If you would like to learn more information, click here.

Location: 5621 Courthouse Rd, Spotsylvania, VA 22551

Meadowland Botanical Gardens | Vienna

For five acres of endless gardens and plant collections, Meadowland Botanical Gardens is a dream come true for plant-savvy people. If you would like to learn more information, click here.

Location: 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct, Vienna, VA 22182

Mary's Rock Summit

Mary’s Rock Summit | Photo by Matthew Singer

Mary’s Rock Summit | Shenandoah National Park

Mary’s Rock Summit is a trail within Shenandoah National Park. Within Skyline Drive, mile 31.6 is where you will locate the Mary’s Rock Summit trail. For more information, click here.

Location: Click here for directions.

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre | Bristow

If you are more of a history junkie, pay Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre for a history lesson. They offer tours and different programs to the public. Click here for more information.

Location: 12229 Bristow Rd, Bristow, VA 20136

Lake Anne Van Gogh Bridge

Lake Anne Van Gogh Bridge | Photo by Charlotte Geary

Lake Anne Van Gogh Bridge | Reston

Surrounded by cherry blossom trees at their peek, the Van Gogh Bridge is a beautiful site to see. The bridge is considered a piece of art by Conklin & Rossant. For more information, click here.

Location: Lake Anne Village Center, 11404 Washington Plaza W, Reston, VA 20190

Pope-Leighy House | Alexandria

Visit Woodlawn & Frank Lloyd’s Pope-Leighy House for some great stories and a good time. The property features two iconic houses each coming with their own stories among other things. Click here for more information.

Location: 9000 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22309

Stabler Leadbetter Apothecary

Stabler Leadbetter Apothecary

Stabler Leadbetter Apothecary | Alexandria

Being one of Alexandria’s oldest continuously run businesses, it opened its doors in 1792. The Musueam portion of Stabler contains herbal botanicals, hand-blown glass, medical equipment, archival materials like journals, letters and diaries, prescription and formula books, ledgers, orders, and invoices. For more information, click here.

Location: 105 S Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Prince William National Forest |Triangle

If you love to camp, hike, bike, or just love nature, Price William National Forest is your safe haven. With over 100 spices of birds, 23 species of fish, 27 species of reptiles, 38 species of mammals, and 24 species of amphibians, this national park will always keep your eyes wide open. To learn more information, click here.

Location: 18170 Park Entrance Rd, Triangle, VA 22172

With so much to see and do in VA, you’ll be wanting more places to experience and see after you work your way through this list.

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Victoria Naranjo

Victoria Naranjo

Victoria is a full-time student at Bridgewater College and writer for Apartment Showcase.

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