If you live in Virginia, you'll know why visitors spend billions of dollars each year to enjoy our beautiful state. Boundless outdoor and cultural activities along with one of the nation's highest concentrations of historic resources provide limitless opportunities for recreation and relaxation. Add Virginia's variety of amusement parks and countless local attractions, and you and your family will discover just how rewarding living in Virginia year-round can be.
Tourism generates $20.4 billion in revenue for Virginia, supports 207,000 jobs and provides $1.32 billion in state and local taxes for communities.
- Moneyrates.com rated Virginia the Best State to Make a Living in 2012.
- Virginia is blessed with beautiful mountains, rivers
and beaches and offers abundant outdoor opportunities in 35 state parks,
22 national parks, over 500 miles of trails and 119 national historic landmarks.
- Virginia's highways and towns are filled with historic
markers and attractions, including those at Colonial Williamsburg, the Jamestown
Settlement, Yorktown National Battlefield Monument, Monticello, the National
D-Day Memorial and numerous Civil War sites.
- Virginia is home to more than 200 wineries and dozens of wine trails with recognition as One of the 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations of 2012 by Wine Enthusiast.
- Virginia is home to 220 public golf courses located
throughout the state, many of which are consistently ranked as some of the
best in the country by Golf Magazine and Golf Digest.
- The Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2012 Kids Count Report ranks Virginia as the healthiest among South Atlantic States for children.
- Four Virginia cities were named in Money
Magazine’s 2011 list of the 100 best places to live in the
- Virginia offers a wide array of cultural activities
through establishments such as the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Chrysler
Museum of Art, the Virginia Opera and the Barter Theatre.