Let Virginia be your gateway to extraordinary memories

Virginia has plenty of attractions for travellers, but this summer there are some new ones to give you even more of a reason to visit, starting with Busch Gardens Williamsburg which is introducing DarKoaster, North America’s first all-indoor straddle coaster.

This exhilarating ride takes you on a daring expedition through King Ludwig’s abandoned fortress, where strange weather patterns have been recorded near the cursed castle grounds. As you hop on snowmobiles and plunge into the darkness, you’ll feel the thrill of changing course to avoid the elements. With four accelerating launches and a family-friendly atmosphere, it’s an experience you won’t want to miss. DarKoaster awaits in the Oktoberfest section of the park, ready to ignite your adventurous spirit!

If you want to delve into the depths of the earth, be sure to visit the awe-inspiring Luray Caverns where their Discovery Tours are back. They offer an hour-long immersive experience that takes you on a journey through the history of these remarkable caves. Picture yourself in the company of an 1870s tour guide, regaling you with captivating tales of the caverns’ discovery. As a special memento, you’ll receive a souvenir ticket and a copy of the “Story of Luray Caverns” booklet. Tours commence bright and early at 8:30 am daily, so make sure to secure your spot and be prepared to be amazed!

Music lovers and history enthusiasts won’t want to miss the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Historic Downtown Bristol which pays homage to the unsung heroines, activists, and commercial successes of women in old-time music in a special exhibit, “I’ve Endured: Women in Old-time Music.” Ot will be on display until December 31, 2023. Created by a women-led content team, this exhibition celebrates the indomitable spirit of iconic musicians such as Mother Maybelle and Sara Carter, Ola Belle Reed, Elizabeth Cotten, Lily May Ledford, Hazel Dickens, Etta Baker, and Alice Gerrard. It also shines a spotlight on women who have made significant contributions to the genre in various ways. Immerse yourself in the rich history and experience the enduring legacy of women in old-time music.

Let’s not forget about the beautiful city of Charlottesville and its commitment to inclusivity and accessibility. The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB) has partnered with Wheel the World to conduct over 60 accessibility assessments for hospitality and tourism businesses in the area. This groundbreaking initiative ensures that everyone, regardless of their abilities, can enjoy the wonders of Charlottesville. From restaurants to accommodations, attractions to vineyards, and even the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport, these assessments are paving the way for a truly inviting experience for all visitors. The CACVB’s dedication to their “Tourism For All” initiative makes them a trailblazer in the United States.

Virginia also has a treat for whiskey enthusiasts when they visit Purcellville. That’s where you’ll find the Catoctin Creek Distilling Co., home of The Virginia Rye Whisky. Alongside the distillery tours and exquisite flights of spirits and cocktails, visitors now have the opportunity to fill their own bottles at the “Catoctin Creek Filling Station.” Choose from barrels with unique profiles and collaborative stories, and with expert guidance, fill your bottle, apply the label, cork it, and seal it. Each bottle becomes a one-of-a-kind creation, adorned with your signature and the special batch information. It’s a chance to take home a truly exclusive memento of your visit to this distinguished distillery.

When it comes time to book a hotel, consider the highly anticipated Embassy Suites by Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Resort which has officially opened its doors for business. Situated on the North End of the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, this new construction is part of the esteemed Cavalier Resort, a haven of elegance. The resort complex also includes the meticulously restored Historic Cavalier Hotel and Beach Club, as well as the breathtaking Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Prepare to be dazzled!

The Embassy Suites by Hilton is the crown jewel of this seaside paradise, boasting 157 opulent hotel suites. What sets them apart? None of these suites face the street but instead offer panoramic views of the magnificent Atlantic coastline. Picture waking up to the sight of the sun-kissed waves dancing on the horizon, all from the comfort of your room. It’s a dream come true!

And that’s not all. Guests of the new hotel will have the pleasure of indulging in the Embassy brand’s renowned daily free Made-To-Order Breakfasts. Imagine starting your day with a delicious spread of freshly prepared omelets, fluffy pancakes, and a range of mouthwatering options to satisfy your cravings. It’s the perfect fuel for a day of exploration and relaxation.

But the pampering doesn’t end there. As the sun sets, the Embassy Suites by Hilton treats its guests to complimentary Evening Receptions. Yes, you read that right! Unwind and socialize with fellow travelers while sipping on refreshing beverages and savoring delectable hors d’oeuvres. It’s the epitome of luxury and hospitality.

So, whether you’re seeking beachfront luxury, thrilling adventures, virtual space exploration, inclusive experiences, underground wonders, musical journeys, or a personalized whiskey adventure, Virginia has it all. Pack your bags, embark on unforgettable experiences, and let Virginia be your gateway to extraordinary memories!


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