Tourist Attractions in Virginia Along I-95
Several Interstates serve the Old Dominion, and along each of these road arteries, are extraordinary places to see in Virginia. Interstate 95, which runs north to south, from Maine to Florida, will take you from Northern Virginia all the way to the Virginia/North Carolina border. Interstate 64, which runs east to west, from Virginia to Missouri, carries you from Chesapeake, VA to West Virginia. And finally, Interstate 81, which runs north to south, from New York to Tennessee, spans from Western Northern Virginia all the way down to Southwest Virginia.
My husband and I have driven across our great Nation four times, and on each journey we’ve enjoyed exploring the culture of each State by visiting those attractions just off the Interstate highway. I could write for hours about all the amazing places we’ve seen just off the road, but for now, I want to concentrate on my home State – Virginia, specifically Interstate 95. Whatever your reason for traveling this highway, please check out these cool places to see in Virginia.
Traveling from north to south, here are some of my favorite I-95 haunts. Enter the address into your Navigation/GPS system, so you can easily drive to each site. And don't forget to bring along your camcorder, so you can take lots of pictures of the historical landmarks, and capture all the fun. Enjoy!
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Alexandria, VA 22309
Mount Vernon Plantation was the home of our First President, President George Washington, and his wife, Martha. Here, you can tour their home, learn about George Washington and his Presidency, see where Martha and he are buried, and more. Seeing as George Washington was our first Commander in Chief, Mount Vernon is a ‘must see’ for American history lovers and Revolutionary War buffs, alike. This is also a cool place to bring your kids, as they begin to learn the history of our awesome Nation.
While in the Alexandria area, take a drive over to historic Old Town, a charming community home to beautiful antique homes, art galleries, and restaurants. And before leaving, grab a bite to eat at historic Gadsby’s Tavern, where famous folk like George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, and Marquis de La Fayette were all patrons.
Tysons Corner Center
1961 Chain Bridge Rd
Tysons Corner, VA 22102
Continuing south, if you’re in some serious need of shopping therapy, then you’ll want to stop at Tysons Corner Center. This mega mall is the largest in the Commonwealth of Virginia. But girls, before becoming enchanted in a sea of purses, clothes, and shoes, don’t forget that souvenir you promised to buy Grandma!
Manassas National Battlefield Park
6511 Sudley Road
Manassas, VA 20109
Calling all Civil War buffs! With regards to the American Civil War, Manassas is known for the First Battle of Manassas, a.k.a., the First Battle of Bull Run (July 21, 1861). Manassas was home to not only this first Civil War battle, but also a Second Battle of Manassas (August 28-30, 1862). When traveling in the area during anniversary times, check out any scheduled reenactments.
National Museum of the USMC
18900 Jefferson Davis Highway
Triangle, VA 22172
Show your pride, and love of Country, by visiting the National Museum of the United States Marine Corp. This Museum is located near Quantico, Virginia. If you’ve ever read any books by Patricia Cornwell or James Patterson, then, chances are, you’re familiar with this area of the Commonwealth. Quantico is not only home of the Marine Corps Base Quantico, but also the FBI Academy. And outside of the National Museum of the USMC is a model of the Iwo Jima Memorial.
16000 Theme Park Way
Doswell, VA 23047
If you’re looking for awesome family fun, then look to Kings Dominion. Kings Dominion is a premier VA amusement park. And if you’re in the ‘dog days’ of summer, then you’ll definitely want to make a cooling splash at their WaterWorks outdoor water park.
Richmond is the capital of the State of Virginia, as well as once being the capital of the Confederacy. Richmond, also known as the ‘River City’, because she sits beside the James River, also played a vital role in the establishment of both the Commonwealth of Virginia as well as the new United States of America.
Of course, Richmond is more than just a treasure trove full of local, State, and National history. Richmond is also a fun and vibrant city, with a wonderful assortment of delicious restaurants, spanning all food tastes, trendy boutiques, museums, and art galleries. Richmond is also a significant member of the arts, theater, and sports community.
Richmond is my home. I’m a proud Virginian, and I’m a proud Richmonder.
Check out some of the categories for history and fun in Richmond.
The Valentine Richmond History Center
The Wickham House
The John Marshall House
The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia
Virginia War Memorial
Virginia Holocaust Museum
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Science Museum of Virginia
Edgar Allan Poe Museum
I could go on and on with my list. Basically, if you love it or dream it, you’ll find it in Richmond. Welcome to my city, my home; enjoy yourself. And y’all come back soon.
I hope that you will take a break, on your trip south, or your return trip north, and enjoy these stops along Interstate 95. Please feel free, in the comments section below, to share some of your favorite places to see in Virginia.