2013 Virginia guide released

A love of Virginia’s natural beauty shines through on the pages of the new 2013 Virginia is for Lovers travel guide. Available for free on and at Virginia State Welcome Centers, the 2013 guide is a love letter to Virginia vacations and includes insider tips on the state’s tourism destinations, from beaches to mountains, state parks to theme parks, music and Main Streets and more. The 2013 Virginia Travel Guide highlights include the following: Beaches – Virginia is a beach destination with beaches big and small – from the Virginia Beach oceanfront to the warm, welcoming sands of the Eastern Shore and great beaches in between, families will find the perfect beach in Virginia; Four Seasons of Fun – Virginia is a year-round travel destination with four distinct seasons. Spring blooms, summer sun, fall foliage and winter wonders all await travellers in Virginia; Family Favorites – Virginia is within a day’s drive or less of 60% of the US population, so families spend less time travelling and more time together on vacation. From a beachfront vacation home to a mountain resort, from the natural beauty of a state park to a theme park, families find a lot to love about Virginia; The Great Outdoors – The great outdoors bring families to Virginia to unplug, unwind, and just be – together, whether camping at a state or national park, biking along historic pathways, hiking a mountain trail, or canoeing on the Chesapeake Bay; Main Street Americana – Virginia’s small towns are full of authentic Americana such as local diners, soda fountains, quaint B&Bs and a nostalgic vibe that takes away everyday stresses and transport visitors to a simpler time; Food! – In Virginia, food is an experience. Farm tours, winery excursions and local food tours take visitors behind the scenes to fully understand Virginia’s devotion to local food and wine. Fresh oysters, Hanover tomatoes, strawberries, peanuts and Brunswick stew are just a few of Virginia’s seasonal delicacies; Wines, Brews and Spirits – Virginia has a lot of spirit, or in this case “spirits.”Use the guide to plan a visit to some of the state’s 220 wineries, 40 breweries and more than a dozen spirit makers and hard cideries; and Iconic History – Virginia is an American history icon – with hundreds of sites across the state that date back to the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown and cover every important period of American history. New to the 2013 travel guide is information on the LINCOLN Movie Trail, where visitors can walk in the footsteps of Steven Spielberg’s epic movie LINCOLN. (