Virginia - Rough Guides Professional Review and Guide
"Traveling through Virginia, the oldest, largest and wealthiest of the American colonies and the single most powerful influence on the early United States, is a nonstop history lesson. Pretty and rural it may be, but it’s the past that predominates: wherever you go you’re pointed towards this or that painstakingly restored two-hundred-year-old building, where something or other happened a long time ago.
An attractive small college town in its own right, it’s also within easy reach of the natural splendors of Shenandoah National Park and the little towns of the western valleys. Northern Virginia, often visited as a day-trip from Washington DC, features several posh suburbs and a number of restored historic homes, the closest colonial architecture to the capital in Alexandria, and Manassas, the scene of two important Civil War battles. This eTrail is a chapter excerpted from the book "The Rough Guide to USA." It is packed with information on this state including history, getting there and getting around, major cities and regions, and what to do and where to stay when you get there."