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Altria Theater

Altria Theater
Richmond, Virginia, 23220
This 3,565 seat theater, to the west of downtown Richmond, was originally the Acca Temple Shrine for the Shriner's. It has the largest proscenium stage on the East Coast and also has a large ballroom.

American Civil War Museum

American Civil War Museum
Richmond, Virginia
The American Civil War Museum is a multi-site museum in the Greater Richmond Region of central Virginia, dedicated to the history of the American Civil War.

Arlington House (The Robert E. Lee Memorial)

Arlington House (The Robert E. Lee Memorial)
Arlington, Virginia
During the American Civil War, the grounds of the mansion were selected as the site of Arlington National Cemetery, in part to ensure that Confederate General Robert E. Lee would never again be able to return to his home.

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia
The cemetery was established on the grounds of Arlington House, formerly the estate of the family of Robert E. Lee's wife Mary Anna Custis Lee, a descendant of Martha Washington.

Ball's Bluff Battlefield and National Cemetery

Ball's Bluff Battlefield and National Cemetery
Waterford, Loudoun County, Virginia
The Battle of Ball's Bluff, on October 21, 1861, was a small but embarrassing defeat for the Union early in the American Civil War. The land for a cemetery was donated in 1865. It is the smallest national cemetery in the United States.

Cape Charles Light

Cape Charles Light
Northamption County, Virginia, 23310
The current Cape Charles Light is a skeleton tower lighthouse at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. It is the tallest lighthouse in Virginia and the second tallest in the United States. It is the third light at this location.

Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg
Williamsburg, James City County, Virginia
Colonial Williamsburg consists of many of the buildings that formed the original colonial capital of Williamsburg in James City County from 1699 to 1780.

Edgar Allan Poe Museum

Edgar Allan Poe Museum
Richmond, Virginia, 23223
The Poe Museum, or the Edgar Allan Poe Museum, is a museum located in the Shockoe Bottom neighborhood of Richmond, Virginia. Though Poe never lived in the building, it serves to commemorate his time living in Richmond.

George Washington Masonic Memorial

George Washington Masonic Memorial
Alexandria, Virginia
The tower is fashioned after the Lighthouse of Alexandria, in part because of town's namesake, and the masonic interest in great buildings of the ancient world.

Governor's Palace

Governor's Palace
Williamsburg, James City County, Virginia
The Governor's Palace in Williamsburg, Virginia was the official residence of the Royal Governors of the Colony of Virginia. It was also a home for two of Virginia's post-colonial governors, Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Richmond, Virginia, 23228
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a 50 acres (200,000 m2), botanical garden in Richmond, Virginia's Lakeside neighborhood. It features a conservatory, library cafe and tea house restaurant.

Marine Corps War Memorial

Marine Corps War Memorial
Rosslyn, Virginia
Although the Marine Corps War Memorial depicts one of the famous moments of World War II, the memorial is dedicated to all Marines who have given their lives in the service of the United States since 1775.

Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel

Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel
South Hampton Roads, Virginia
Part of Virginia's I-664, the 4.6-mile Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel includes a four-lane tunnel that is 4,800 feet long, two man-made portal islands, and 3.2 miles of twin trestle. It cost $400 million to build.

Nauticus

Nauticus
Norfolk, Virginia, 23510
Nauticus is a maritime-themed science center and museum located on the downtown waterfront in Norfolk, Virginia, also known as the National Maritime Center.

Richmond National Battlefield Park

Richmond National Battlefield Park
Richmond, Virginia
The Richmond National Battlefield Park commemorates 13 American Civil War sites around Richmond, Virginia, which served as the capital of the Confederate States of America for most of the war.

The Pentagon

The Pentagon
Arlington, Virginia
Headquarters of the Department of Defense for the United States of America, the Pentagon is one of the world's largest office buildings. It has three times the floor space of the Empire State Building.

The Valentine

The Valentine
Richmond, Virginia, 23219
The Valentine is a museum in Richmond, Virginia dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting Richmond's history. Founded by Mann S. Valentine II 1898, it was the first museum in Richmond.

Tomb of the Unknowns

Tomb of the Unknowns
Arlington, Virginia
The Tomb of the Unknowns has been guarded continuously, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, since July 2, 1937. Inclement weather does not cause the watch to cease.

Virginia Holocaust Museum

Virginia Holocaust Museum
Richmond, Virginia, 23223
The Virginia Holocaust Museum is dedicated to depicting the Holocaust through the personal stories of its victims. The museum memorializes and documents the atrocities of World War II.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Richmond, Virginia, 23220
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, or VMFA, is a public art museum in Richmond, Virginia, which opened in 1936. The museum is owned and operated by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Virginia Museum of History and Culture

Virginia Museum of History and Culture
Richmond, Virginia, 23220
The Virginia Museum of History and Culture features exhibitions and programming for visitors of all ages and has more than 25,000 square feet (2,300 m2) of exhibition gallery space and the largest display of Virginia artifacts on permanent view.

Virginia State Capitol

Virginia State Capitol
Richmond, Virginia, 23218
The Virginia State Capitol, built between 1785 and 1788, is the seat of state government of the Commonwealth of Virginia, located in Richmond, the third capital city of the U.S. state of Virginia. The first two were Jamestown and Williamsburg.

Virginia Zoological Park

Virginia Zoological Park
Norfolk, Virginia, 23504
The Virginia Zoological Park is a 53-acre zoo located adjacent to Lafayette Park in Norfolk, Virginia. In 1900, the park began acquiring animals to exhibit.

Virginia

Virginia State Flag
Postal Code: VA
Capital City: Richmond
Became a State: June 25, 1788
Population: 8,382,993*
Area: 42,774.93 miles2 (110,787.18 km2)

* 2015 est. U.S. Census Bureau
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Top 10 Most Popular Virginia Landmarks

  1. The Pentagon
  2. Arlington National Cemetery
  3. Arlington House (The Robert E. Lee Memorial)
  4. Tomb of the Unknowns
  5. Ball's Bluff Battlefield and National Cemetery
  6. Marine Corps War Memorial
  7. George Washington Masonic Memorial
  8. Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel
  9. Colonial Williamsburg
  10. Altria Theater

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