Virginia marks the beginning of the American colonies, which would go on to become the United States of America. With a Virginia guided tour, you can discover some of the most important sites of early American history and discover facts that you did not know about these historical gems. Let’s take a closer look at the must-see spots for any history lover visiting Virginia.
When England established its first American colony, Jamestown was founded in 1607. One of the most integral cities in what would eventually become the United States still stands today as a historical replica. “Historic Jamestowne” is a settlement where visitors can come to see history as it was lived with life-sized reenactments and recreations of buildings and ships from that time. Anyone looking to take a step 400 years back in time should take a day trip to Jamestown.
Once deemed the Capital of the Virginia Colony, Williamsburg has had a long history. It became the Capital in the late 1600s after Jamestown was burned to the ground. Williamsburg held the title until the Revolutionary War broke out in 1776, when Virginia’s Governor Thomas Jefferson moved the capital to Richmond. Now known as the Revolutionary City, Williamsburg boasts 301 acres of original homes and shops that have been reconstructed. The city often holds reenactments detailing the political struggle many went through during the Revolutionary War. Visitors also have the opportunity to see daily life and various battle reenactments.
Arlington National Cemetery
Located in Arlington, VA, Arlington National Cemetery is a must-see on any sightseeing tour. As one of the oldest national cemeteries in the country, Arlington National Cemetery includes graves from soldiers in the Civil War and more than 400,000 other veterans, active duty service members, and their families.
Experience the rich history of Virginia with a Virginia guided tour by Haymarket Transportation. We love to show locals and tourists alike what makes Virginia so great with customized tours in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC. We are available for your call at (301) 778-2007.
If you are touring Virginia, then you cannot forget to plan a visit to Kings Dominion. This amusement park is filled with thrill rides, a water park, and so much more. Do not forget to look into charter buses as an easy means of transportation to the park. Whether you are planning a school field trip or a daytrip for your friends and family, you will have a great time laughing with characters and screaming on the rides.
When planning your visit, look up the different times that the park is open. The available days and times may fluctuate according to the season. It is also smart to wear comfortable clothing that you do not mind getting wet, in case you go on a water ride. If you plan on visiting the water park, Soak City, then don’t forget a bathing suit.
Trust Haymarket Transportation for all of your transportation services in Virginia, Washington, DC, and Maryland . We can provide transportation for all sorts of day trips, and if you want a sightseeing tour as well, then do not hesitate to ask. We are available for your call at (301) 778-2007.
Many Virginia guided tours near Washington, D.C. feature a stop at the homes of two of the nation’s Founding Fathers: Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington, and Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson.
Monticello, which is just outside of Charlottesville, VA, is a bit further from D.C. than Mount Vernon, but this historic plantation is well worth the trip. More than 40 years in the making, Monticello represents the realization of Jefferson’s architectural dream. Watch this video for a glimpse into the plantation.
To arrange for a charter bus tour of Virginia sites, including Monticello, call Haymarket Transportation today at (301) 778-2007. We offer guided bus tours and day trips from D.C. to sites throughout the region.
Luray Caverns is a beautiful and ancient American cave in the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia. People have flocked to marvel at the Luray Caverns’ massive rooms and clear pools of water since 1878. This cave even houses the gigantic natural musical instrument, the Stalacpipe Organ. Read on to find out exactly what you need to know about visiting and exploring Luray Caverns.
The tour of Virginia’s Luray Caverns takes place over 1.25 miles of paved walkway, and it usually takes a little over an hour to complete. Since the temperature and conditions inside the caves are not dependent on outside weather, tours are not often called off. The temperature inside the Luray Caverns is around 54 degrees, but the high humidity makes it feel like 65 degrees. The tour does include staircases and some steep slopes, so it is recommended that you wear appropriate shoes.
Reservations are not necessary at Luray Caverns; however, the Reservation Office is available to discuss optimal service for groups of at least 20 individuals. These groups are eligible to receive a discount, and we will arrange for preassigned entry so that your group can go on the tour together . Smaller groups of visitors may join any tour. A new tour begins roughly every 20 minutes.
The Stalacpipe Organ
The Stalacpipe Organ is the largest musical instrument created, making use of over three acres of stalactites and cavernous echoes to create a magnificent organ sound. A console of four keyboards and wiring that spans over more than five miles come together to control this instrument; although the organ is sometimes played manually, it is usually set to automatically play seasonal songs.
Haymarket Transportation can help you take a trip to explore Luray Caverns with your friends, family, or loved ones. We also offer motorcoach and charter bus rentals, field trips, bus tours, wine tours, and sightseeing tours. Additionally, we have convenient locations in both Maryland and Virginia. Call us at (301) 778-2007 or visit our website for more information.
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