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The vast state parks of Virginia and historic Chesapeake Bay are where visitors will find various outdoor activities. They can experience Appalachian trails on foot or on wheels. Lakes and rivers are the perfect places to jet-ski, canoe or go game fishing. Ideal for all ages, tour agencies can customize trips based on the your abilities and needs.

The most environmentally-friendly way to see Virginia’s beautiful natural landscapes is on a bike. There are many cycling tours across the state that run through the scenic mountain and wooded trails. Adventure Damascus Bicycle and Outdoor Co. runs bike tours for all ages along various paths through the Blue Ridge Mountains.

If you prefer to rely on your own two feet to see Virginia’s state parks, then hiking is a popular alternative. Clearly marked trails run across the many wilderness areas of the country. River & Trail Outfitters takes people of all walks of life through survival and recreational hikes down the Appalachian trail.

Though Virginia occupies a vast territory of land, it has a coastline full of beaches, lakes and rivers where various water sports can be enjoyed. Shenandoah National Park is one of Virginia’s many state parks where water is a highlight. Appalachian Adventures offers guided tours of the park as well as equipment rentals of jet-skis, canoes and boats.

Chesapeake Bay is a huge part of the geography as well as the history of Virginia. One of the most popular ways to experience this great body of water is via fishing tours organized along the bay. Chesapeake Bay Sport Fishing based in Virginia Beach can take enthusiasts or families on chartered trips.

While adventure can certainly be had in the great outdoors of Virginia, a relaxing, not to mention delicious, winery tour is a great way to experience all the state has to offer in terms of culture and dining. Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery in Nellysford features tours which emphasize caring for grapes and berries, as well as the history of winemaking.

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