Virginia spa vacations are all about swimming with dolphins and strolls in botanical gardens. Cutting edge contemporary art joins rich American heritage to bring you the perfect setting for a Virginia spa getaway. Linger at the state's lighthouses or glide along the canal on a cruise.
Rejuvenate and center yourself in historic Virginia
On a spa getaway in Virginia, you can hike the 52-mile Virginia Capital Trail, a paved pedestrian and bike path that stretches between historic Jamestown and the modern capital of Richmond. Along the way, sublime views assail your eyes. Richmond Canal Cruises offers 40-minute tours of the glittering river front, which dates to 1789. Wander past exotic blooms in the Lewis Center Botanical Garden, or head to Shockoe Design District for some retail therapy featuring the work of local creatives.
Spa getaways in Virginia inevitably include a stop off at the golden sands of Virginia Beach. Dolphins play off the coast, where you can surf, swim, and water ski, or simply curl up on a sun lounger with a book. Have a gander at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, which is frequented by eagles and otters. Chesapeake Bay Beach is the best place to watch the sun go down. During the day, visit Cape Henry Lighthouse, from which spectacular views of the glittering coast sprawl in all directions.
Spa getaways in Virginia's care aren't complete without a trip to Norfolk. The Atlantic ocean, myriad rivers, and the NEON Arts District downtown are here to welcome you. Norfolk's arts district takes a playful approach to public art and features street art by famous artists, including the Whaling Wall and engaging installations like MetalMatisse. You can also enjoy seafood caught meters from your beachside table, including juicy clams and delicious crab. Don't miss Arlington's plethora of historic sites, which include the famous Arlington House, Robert E. Lee Memorial. Historic portraits adorn the walls of this stately neoclassical edifice.