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To really get in touch with the earth, consider a journey to – and through – the Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel, an engineering marvel in Nelson County.

You needn’t navigate the Rhine for a taste of Switzerland: Just head to Ravensworth Shopping Center in Springfield. The Swiss Bakery and Pastry Shop is right at the Capital Beltway’s interchange with Braddock Road in Northern Virginia, and its European artisan breads, pastries and cakes are …

The White House, the U.S. Capitol and other historic buildings in the nation’s capital have their roots – well, their original stone – based firmly in Virginia. They initially were built with Aquia Creek sandstone that was quarried at Government Island, just a few miles north of Fredericksbu…

We usually think of Virginia waters with words like ocean, bay and river, but you might fall (hint!) for a different gem: We’re home to the highest vertical-drop cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River. Crabtree Falls – a set of five prominent cascades, plus an array of smaller one…

Virginia’s new Machicomoco State Park in Gloucester County is the first to honor the state’s native tribes. On 645 acres overlooking the York River, the area is closely associated with the Powhatan Chiefdom that connected Algonquian-speaking Virginia Indians before the English arrived. An op…

The pandemic heightened our appreciation of the outdoors - ah, safer air! - but that’s hardly a new concept. In Richmond, an exhibition at the Valentine explores the design, use and evolution of the city’s natural spaces over nearly two centuries. “Breathing Places: Parks & Recreation in…