Virginia: The drive on Interstate 77 with mountain terrain and tunnels thru the mountains is very scenic, especially as you go down the escarpment into North Carolina. Several good bicycle trails in this area also including one of my favorites, the Virginia Creeper or the New River Trail at Galax, WV. The mountains in the western portion of the State are quite different from the drive along I95 in the east where it is much more built up, and includes cities such as Alexandria, Virginia Beach and Richmond.
Internet Links attempt to provide you with links to area highlights in Wytheville is home to a Chautauqua Festival, held the third weekend in June every year since 1985. The Festival features live concerts, stage magic, arts and crafts, hot air ballooning, dance, children's activities and diverse carnival-style food, Blue Ridge Parkway, Fancy Gap , where according to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 4.1 square miles (10.5 kmē), all of it land. Fredericksburg, where during the Civil War, the town, located halfway between the capitals of the opposing forces, was the site of the Battle of Fredericksburg and Second Battle of Fredericksburg, preserved in part as the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. Petersburg, where during the American Civil War, because of the railroad network, Petersburg was key to Union plans to capture the Confederate capital at Richmond. The city saw nine months of trench warfare during the 1864-65 Siege of Petersburg. Battlefield sites are throughout the city and surrounding areas, partly preserved as Petersburg National Battlefield. Richmond, where the economy is primarily driven by law, finance, and government, with federal, state, and local governmental agencies, as well as notable legal and banking firms, located in the downtown area. Alexandria, where now modern Alexandria has been shaped by its proximity to the nation's capital. It is largely populated by professionals working in the federal civil service, the U.S. military, or for one of the many private companies which contract to provide services to the federal government. The latter are known locally as beltway bandits, after the Capital Beltway, an interstate highway that circles Washington, D.C.