Virginia is located on the east coast of the United States. As one of the original thirteen colonies, the state is rich in natural history and hostels are scattered across the state.
The national capital, Washington DC, is located to the northeast of Virginia. In order to save money, many people who work in Washington DC live just across the border in Virginia, where rent and real estate are significantly cheaper. This can help you save on hostel costs, too. Stay at a hostel in a border city, such as Bluemont or Alexandria, and take public transportation back and forth with the commuters.
The capital of the state of Virginia is Richmond, which has served as somewhat of a national capital on two occasions. Before the United States was officially recognized as a country, the founding fathers temporarily used Richmond as the capital during the American Revolutionary War. During the Civil War, the southern states formed the Confederate States of America and declared Richmond the capital of that makeshift country. Battlefields from both of these wars, in addition to the shaping of the country at other times, means that Richmond is filled with more than a lifetime of history to explore.
Virginia Beach is the most populated city in Virginia. Stay in a hostel here to enjoy a beautiful beach along the Atlantic Ocean. Guinness World Records claims that Virginia Beach has the longest pleasure beach in the entire world. State parks, shops, museums, and a naval base are not too far away. From Virginia Beach you can visit Chesapeake Bay, a huge bay bordering most of the eastern border of Virginia. Norfolk is another popular place to stay in the Chesapeake area.
The Appalachian Trail, a cross-country hiking trail, runs through much of Virginia. Serious outdoor backpackers will appreciate staying in hostels a few nights while trekking along this route. Each year many people complete the entire Appalachian Trail between Georgia and Maine, but even more simply enjoy a scenic walk through one of the segments. Check out AT hiker-friendly hostels in Pearisburg, Damascus, Luray, Charlottesville, and Bluemont.
Whether you choose to visit Virginia as part of your Appalachian Trail trekking adventure, to discover how history impacts the future, or for your own reason, you surely won't run out of things to do - or hostels to stay in!
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