Top Things to Do in Virginia: Attractions for All Ages

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There aren’t a lot of states in America that have the swath of scenery and history that the Old Dominion has, from the windswept Atlantic seafront to the east to the rugged outreaches of the Appalachia in the west. 

From its roots as one of the earliest settlements in American history through the many battles of the American Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and Civil War in the 19th century, Virginia’s home to some of the most popular tourist attractions, leading many to head online to find their next vacation getaway, whether it be at a manmade or natural outpost. 

With that in mind, BetVirginia.com, home to all things Virginia sportsbooks, took the top ten attractions in Virginia from Trip Advisor and then used SemRush to rank them in terms of popularity (based on total search volume). The search volume numbers are from March 1 – March 26.

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Top 10 Things to Do in Virginia: April 2024

Rank

Attraction

Search Volume

T1

Luray Caverns

74k

T1

Mount Vernon

74k

T1

Monticello

74k

4

Arlington National Cemetery

60.5k

5

Colonial Williamsburg

49.5k

6

Jamestown Settlement

18.1k

T7

Virginia Beach Boardwalk

12.1k

T7

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

12.1k

9

Historic Jamestowne

3.6k

10

Steven F Udvar-Hazy Center

 

880

Top Virginia Attractions Headlined by Luray Caverns

Topping the list of the most searched for locales in Virginia are a three-headed beast of tourism hotspots, in the natural wonder of Luray Caverns in the state’s northwest and a pair of presidential abodes, in George Washington’s Mount Vernon and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.  The three tourism destinations all garnered a search volume of 74,000, beating out Arlington National Cemetery, which had a search volume of 60,500, while Colonial Williamsburg rounded out the Virginia top five, at 49,500.  

Other Virginia tourism destinations that finished in the top 10 included the Jamestown Settlement, which had a search volume total of 18,100, while the Virginia Beach Boardwalk and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond finished in a tie for seventh, with a search volume total of 12,100 each.

Finally, the 17th century enclave that is Historic Jamestowne (3,600 search volume total) and the Smithsonian Institute’s Seven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (880 search volume) rounded out the top 10 most popular Virginia destinations online.  

As the spring rolls into summer and more and more Americans seek out ways to connect with our country’s past, it seems like the Commonwealth of Virginia is a no-brainer for visitors of all ages to flock to, reflected by the search volumes each place has garnered in recent months. 

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Christopher Boan has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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