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Old 09-22-2014, 01:40 PM
 
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The Triangle isn't too terribly far from Virginia, roughly an hour south of the state line and 2 and 1/2 hours from Richmond. VA license plates are a common site around the Triangle, but do you think it's common for many people in our area to visit Virginia? Possibly visits to Jamestown, Colonial Willamsburg/Busch Gardens, and Kings Dominion are the most common reasons why NC'ers around the Triangle visit Virginia. From my experiences, it's rare to hear, "Oh, I have to go to Richmond for a few days" or something along those lines. Out of curiosity, any opinions?

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Old 09-22-2014, 01:45 PM
 
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The Triangle isn't too terribly far from Virginia, roughly an hour south of the state line and 2 and 1/2 hours from Richmond. VA license plates are a common site around the Triangle, but do you think it's common for many people in our area to visit Virginia? Possibly visits to Jamestown, Kings Dominion/Busch Gardens, and Kings Dominion are the most common reasons why NC'ers around the Triangle visit Virginia. From my experiences, it's rare to hear, "Oh, I have to go to Richmond for a few days" or something along those lines. Out of curiosity, any opinions?
I think people go to the places you mentioned. Also, to Williamsburg. That's pretty popular. And then, there's The DC area, which is another popular tourist destination for NC residents.
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Old 09-22-2014, 01:51 PM
 
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We just took our 9 year old to Williamsburg/Busch Gardens/Water Country USA. We had a lovely trip. I would imagine many families from here go.
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Old 09-22-2014, 02:35 PM
 
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Williamsburg and vicinity? Definitely. Also some Kings Dominion devotees in the Triangle although Carowinds is about equal distance away. Visits to the Tidewater or central Virginia (Charlottesville, etc)? Not so much. Nor is Richmond itself much of an attraction. Just about anything in Richmond itself, culturally or in merchandise, is available in the Triangle.

Northern Virginia is another story.
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Old 09-22-2014, 02:40 PM
 
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Nor is Richmond itself much of an attraction. Just about anything in Richmond itself, culturally or in merchandise, is available in the Triangle.
I agree with you that Richmond isn't a huge tourist destination, but if you're into History, it has way more going on than the Triangle.
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Old 09-22-2014, 03:10 PM
 
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We go every two years or so and spend a few days at Busch Gardens and the GWL down the road
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Old 09-22-2014, 03:16 PM
 
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The Triangle isn't too terribly far from Virginia, roughly an hour south of the state line and 2 and 1/2 hours from Richmond. VA license plates are a common site around the Triangle, but do you think it's common for many people in our area to visit Virginia? Possibly visits to Jamestown, Colonial Willamsburg/Busch Gardens, and Kings Dominion are the most common reasons why NC'ers around the Triangle visit Virginia. From my experiences, it's rare to hear, "Oh, I have to go to Richmond for a few days" or something along those lines. Out of curiosity, any opinions?
People visit the attractions you mention of course....but it's not really a go to vacation spot.
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Old 09-22-2014, 03:19 PM
 
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Richmond would be fantastic if you're into the Civil War, so I imagine many Civil War buffs in NC visit that area often. Also, there was A TON of fighting just outside the city, Petersburg is a great example. That's probably it, though. I imagine there isn't much else in Richmond that we don't already have in the Triangle. Charlottesville is roughly 3 hours north, and although I've been many times, I wouldn't place money that it's as popular as the Willamsburg area for NC'ers. However, Monticello is definitely worth the visit along with the University of Virginia. A bit similar to Chapel Hill, loads of history! I think the main reason why Virginia isn't more popular is the fact that southern Virginia (areas closer to the Triangle) is quite remote, you really have to drive an hour into Virginia before you run into anything worth stopping for. Then again, it's kind of the same with North Carolina. I-85 between Durham and Petersburg is quite remote!
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Old 09-22-2014, 04:52 PM
 
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Virginia Beach, Williamsburg and Kings Dominion and possibly the Charlottesville area/Thomas Jefferson Estate. Richmond not so much I'm thinking unless one has friends or family there.
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Old 09-22-2014, 07:56 PM
 
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I go there quite frequently - mostly to Northern Virginia to visit friends and take in the sites of DC. But we also go to Williamsburg and Jamestown, the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area, and Skyline Drive/Shenandoah Mountains. So much history in Virginia. That's one of the reasons I love it there so much. I head up to Virginia at least every other month - usually once per month in the summer. Virginia is a GORGEOUS state. But I'm a Virginian, so I may be biased. ;-)
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