VIRGINIA BEACH • CHESAPEAKE • ARLINGTON
Virginia Is For Lovers…
of Sun, Sand, Suds
The mid-Atlantic region of the United States gets the best of both worlds — it’s warm and sunny on the beaches in the summer and cold enough to enjoy winter sports. No matter what time of year you book your bus trip to Virginia, you’ll be sure to find lots to love in this diverse state.
The most populated city in Virginia is located at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, which provides this city with miles of coastline. To best experience the shore, a must-stop on your bus trip is the Virginia Beach Boardwalk. At 3 miles long, the concrete walkway is a haven for walkers, cyclists, performers and shops. Perfect for a leisurely stroll along the water, you can catch an Atlantic Ocean sunset or pose next to the 24-foot-tall statue of Neptune, god of the sea.
For another panoramic view of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean, climb the 191 steps to the top of Cape Henry Lighthouse. This was the first commissioned lighthouse in the United States and has been repaired several times due to hurricane damage. Because of its status as a public landmark, it is an inexpensive adventure with million-dollar views!
After descending all those steps, you’re bound to work up a thirst. Check out Home Republic, a craft brewery with a seasonal selection of taps that range from ales to IPAs to stouts. While you’re surrounded by water, you should also check out the freshest seafood in the area. Margie and Ray’s has the best selection of fried, steamed and raw seafood in town. When you find where the locals eat, you know you’re in good company!
With miles of protected farmlands, forests and wetlands, Chesapeake is the perfect bus destination for travelers looking to spend time in the great outdoors. While the name may not sound promising, the Dismal Swamp Canal in Chesapeake is considered the oldest waterway in the United States. If you’re a wildlife lover, you can bike or hike the winding trails, where you’ll see deer, otter, several varieties of birds and even the occasional black bear!
If fishing is your passion, Chesapeake offers access to more than 22 miles of both salt and freshwater angling. You can catch a wide variety of fish, including crappie, bass, catfish and bowfin. If you’re a outdoor enthusiast, a bus trip to Chesapeake is exactly what you need to escape the stress of everyday life.
Contrasting the natural and laid-back vibes of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach is Arlington, Virginia. Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., there’s no mistaking the big city hustle and bustle of Arlington. Several of the must-visit attractions in Arlington revolve around paying respects to the United States military.
At the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial, you’ll see a larger-than-life bronze sculpture of soldiers raising the flag at Iwo Jima. If you walk briskly around the monument, it actually looks like the soldiers are raising the flag. Another emotional stop is the Arlington National Cemetery, where military personnel are still buried, along with memorials for President JFK and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. An unforgettable moment of your bus trip to Arlington will be witnessing the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier — a truly haunting moment where you can pay your respects to those who sacrificed everything for freedom.
Virginia’s diverse landscape offers a lot to consider for those planning a bus trip. This state is certainly for lovers of sun, sand, surf, suds and service!