MatD’s Ultimate Virginia Bucket List

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MatD's Ultimate Virginia Bucket List

Virginia is called “Old Dominion.”  It is the oldest of the original 13 colonies. The state was home to the first British colonies in the “New World.”  The state is borders the Chesapeake Bay and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Both areas provide the state a wonderful array of outdoor activities.  Due to its age and location, Virginia has been home to numerous major historical events. I am currently living in this great state. Here is my Virginia Bucket List.

  1. Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
  2. Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial
  3. Assateague Island National Seashore
  4. Blue Ridge Parkway (June 2006)
  5. Booker T. Washington National Monument
  6. Buy a Chincoteague Pony
  7. Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park
  8. Colonial National Historical Park (November 2015)
  9. Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (at some point during childhood)
  10. Do a Ghost Tour of Colonial Williamsburg (March 2005)
  11. Drive the Skyline Drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway (Done but wasn’t the driver)
  12. Eats some fresh Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs
  13. Fort Monroe National Monument (November 2015)
  14. Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park
  15. George Washington Birthplace National Monument
  16. George Washington Memorial Parkway
  17. Hike all of the Virginia’s section of the Appalachian Trail
  18. Hike in Great Falls Park
  19. Hike Roaring Run Trail
  20. Hike the Mount Vernon Trail
  21. Hike the Old Rag
  22. Hike to Apple Orchard Falls
  23. Hike to Dragon’s Tooth
  24. Hike to MacAfee Knob
  25. Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site (September 2015)


  1. Manassas National Battlefield Park
  2. Petersburg National Battlefield Park
  3. Prince William Forest Park
  4. Richmond National Battlefield Park (January 2016)
  5. See the cannibalism skull in Jamestown Settlement (November 2015)
  6. Shenandoah National Park (June 2006)
  7. Visit Ash Lawn-Highland – home of James Monroe
  8. Visit Colonial Williamsburg and see a reenactment
  9. Visit Montebello – home of Zachary Taylor
  10. Visit Monticello – home of Tomas Jefferson (June 2006)
  11. Visit Montpelier – home of James Madison
  12. Visit Mount Vernon – home of George Washington
  13. Visit Sherwood Forest Plantation – home of John Tyler
  14. Visit the Arlington National Cemetery (March 2005)
  15. Visit the site of the Roanoke Colony
  16. Visit Woodrow Wilson’s Presidential Library
  17. Watch the Chincoteague Pony Swim
  18. Watch The Tomb of the Unknowns changing of the guard (March 2005)
  19. Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

What is on your Ultimate Virginia Bucket List?

Be sure to check out my other Ultimate Bucket Lists!

Feature Photo Credit: Bob Mical

35 thoughts on “MatD’s Ultimate Virginia Bucket List”

  1. You have quite the list — I would love to hike Virginia’s portion of the Appalachian trail. I’ve hiked New Jersey’s so far.

  2. I used to live in Wash DC and did a lot of these things on your list. One of my favorites was Skyline Drive and trying out the wineries that are located in the Shenandoah Valley. Also really loved Assateague.. What an awesome place.

  3. I think every American should visit the great state of Virginia. I recently visited Colonial Williamsburg Yorktown and Jamestown. All these three little towns are literally living history museums. You have a huge bucket list. Hope you’ll get to accomplish it all.

  4. I love the idea of making a bucket list for your home/current state. It seems much less daunting than tackling the whole world! I’ve only been to Richmond, so there’s plenty left for me to see in Virginia. I’m thinking about making one for Florida though.

  5. I think we all too often forget that there are SO many things to do in each state. This makes me want to make a similar list for when we move back to Nebraska (ok, so it might be harder to make such a long list for a state that is covered in corn, but again…I think I’d be surprised with what I could come up with!)

    1. I bet you could come up with a pretty good list for Nebraska. I plan on doing a list for all 50 states at some point in the future.

  6. Looks like you’ve got quite the list to get through. Have fun with your experiences along the way.

  7. I really cannot say as I do not have much information about Virginia but I think I would love to stroll through the place and look at the beautiful old buildings 🙂

    1. That is just Virginia. Some of it is easy to pick since I want to get to all the national park service sites and the rest is trails or things that sound like a lot of fun from some research on the state.

  8. I am ALL about ticking things off my bucket list, how exciting is it when you actually see some ticks too.
    I am keen to hear how the Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs taste. 🙂

  9. Wow, that’s a big list! There’s so much to do in Virginia, especially historical things. I like history, so I’d really love to visit Colonial Williamsburg.

  10. As a Canadian I got to admit I don’t know a lot about Virginia, although I’ve heard about Colonial Williamsburg. It looks like there of cool things to see and do here. My friend, who’s a community events organizer where I live, went to an event conference one time and said there’s supposed to be a great boating festival (Tall Ship Festival, I think?) in Norfolk, so that would be cool to see too.

  11. So many great options for things to do in Virginia–what a great bucket list! My husband hiked MacAfee Knob last summer at sunrise and it looked amazing. Would love to do that sometime, as well as visit Mount Vernon!

  12. I heard some of the hikes here are amazing so I’m glad to see them make it to your list! Good luck in completing them,

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