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The New Lucky Charms Beer Is Worth The Road Trip To Virginia

Lucky Charms flavored beer will taste like the perfect mix of adult privilege and childhood memories.

Most people are pretty happy with the normal beer flavors out there, but we would not be humans if we could just leave well enough alone. Thus, a "magically ridiculous" Lucky Charms flavored beer was born and it will taste like the perfect mix of adult privilege and childhood memories. 

So who is the brewery wild enough to craft such a magical combination? The Smartmouth Brewing Company in Virginia, of course! The brew is called the Saturday Morning an 6.6% ABV IPA, and is made with a pound of cereal marshmallows along with fruity Calypso hops. The company swears it tastes just like Lucky Charms. The brewery's website says the mixture is “magically ridiculous."

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Here Are The 15 Best Places To Visit In Virginia If You’re Obsessed With Christmas

See what the Mother of States has in store for you this season!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and there’s no better place to find your new favorite festive tradition than in beautiful Virginia. Your next yuletide destination awaits at one of these 15 magical places in the Mother of States.

Richmond

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Start the season out strong in Virginia’s state capitol this year. Each year, this gorgeous, historical town puts on a Christmas display in the government district that gives nearby Washington D.C. a run for its money. Along with the district’s celebratory display, residents engage in friendly competition as they decorate their homes with the most garrish, hideously overdone decorations you’ll ever lay eyes on.

Richmond is also the starting point to Virginia’s famous 100 Miles of Lights, one of the most elaborate and impressive holiday displays in the world. This annual tradition covers the 100-mile corridor from the State Capitol Building in Richmond all the way to the coastal town of Virginia Beach. Start your magical journey this season with a trip to the state capitol.

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Virginia Beach

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The final destination in Virginia’s 100 Miles of Lights, Virginia Beach effortlessly combines coastal charm with Christmas celebration to create an warm, inviting holiday atmosphere. Those who visit here during the holiday season are greeted with plenty of family-friendly events that will make you feel right at home.

The Virginia Aquarium will dazzle believers with its annual Sailing With Santa event, while the McDonald’s Lights on the Beach display provides a perfect backdrop for your next Christmas card. For a cozy, coastal Christmas, look no further than the Mother of States’ favorite beach town.

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Fredericksburg

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What’s Christmas without a trip down memory lane? Experience the historical sites in Fredericksburg, where Ye Olde Goode Days are in full swing through the month of December. Throughout the holiday season, tourists can enjoy carriage rides, nightly Christmas displays, and a full-scale Christmas parade downtown.

From the end of November through January, Fredericksburg features a series entitled Jingle Bell Christmas Rides. Visitors can tour over 40 blocks of historic neighborhood by horse-drawn carriage. Bundle up with some warm blankets and hot cocoa as you travel down the cobblestone streets in true colonial fashion with holiday lights and Christmas carols to make your spirits soar.

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Bedford

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If you want a Christmas that would make St. Nick himself jealous, then a trip to Bedford is just what you need. At the welcome center, you’ll be greeted with the Festival of Trees, which extends all through town for a delightfully decorative holiday display. Like Hansel and Gretel’s trail of breadcrumbs, the trees lead you to the brilliant lights at Liberty Lake Park and into the residential neighborhoods surrounding the city center. Similar to the festivities in Richmond, neighbors compete with one another to see who will have the most elaborately decorated house of the season.

Each year on December 4, the town gathers in Centertown for the tree-lighting ceremony, followed by a parade. Catch a carriage ride through the town center to SantaLand, where the Big Guy will be waiting to hear all your Christmas wishes.

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Williamsburg

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A colonial Christmas is calling your name in the historic town of Williamsburg. With costumed tour guides trained and positioned throughout the town, Colonial Williamsburg provides a historical holiday experience, complete with reenactments and tours about how the yuletide season was celebrated way back when Virginia was still a colony.

If you’re lucky enough to be in town for the Christmas parade, you’ll be able to catch a live theatrical performance. Sometimes players take the stage to perform their rendition of popular classics, such as A Christmas Carol or The Nutcracker. Get in on some holly, jolly history this season with a trip to Colonial Williamsburg.

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Roanoke

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It’s bound to be a Dickens of a Christmas in Roanoke — literally! Each year, this time-honored tradition is brought back to the coastal town, featuring live shows, street performances, and holiday activities in honor of the annual City of Roanoke Christmas Tree Lighting. It’s a magical time that draws the attention of all who seek to enjoy a Victorian holiday celebration.

One of the best parts of spending the holidays in Roanoke is the chance to go ice skating at Elmwood Park. You’ll feel as though you’ve traveled back in time to see Dickens himself as you twirl around on the shimmering ice surrounded by Victorian-inspired decorations that populate the town.

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Alexandria

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Alexandria is the last word in holiday tradition with annual events that will have you wondering why you ever did Christmas any differently. Alexandria was actually founded by a Scottish fellow by the name of John Alexander, which is why each year the town celebrates its heritage with the Annual Campagna Center Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend & Parade (say that ten times fast).

Watch dozens of Scottish clans dressed in decorative tartans parade through town, blowing their bagpipes and banging on drums with their hounds and terriers in tow. You’ll even get to see a Scottish Santa serenade you with tunes from his own set of bagpipes.

Another of Alexandria’s long-standing traditions is the Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. Named one of USA Today’s Top 10 Best Holiday Parades, this magnificent display of decorated watercraft shimmers across the sea for an unforgettable night of lights and seasonal fun. You’ll enjoy craft beer stations, the Dolci Gelati hot chocolate bar, and a dockside grill to keep you full and festive well into the evening. See why Alexandria was named one of America’s Top Holiday Towns by USA Today.

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Chincoteague

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There are few places more magical during the holiday season than Chincoteague Island. Enjoy a Christmas by the Sea, a fun-filled, month-long celebration featuring a plethora of events on Virginia’s favorite island.

Kick off the holidays with the Annual Old Fashioned Christmas Parade, where marching bands, color guards, fire trucks, and Santa himself parade down Main Street for a truly old-fashioned yuletide celebration.

Enjoy a night of sophisticated celebration with Chincoteague Island’s “Savor the Season” Progressive Home Tour. During this event, you’ll get to taste the culinary stylings of Chincoteague’s finest dining establishments, including the Marina Bay Hotel & Suites, Myrtle on Mumford, and the Christmas Manor. You’ll even make a stop in a traditional colonial home for part of your festive feast.

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Front Royal

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Have you ever wondered what it’d be like to spend Christmas in Dr. Seuss’ Whoville? See the magic for yourself in Front Royal with their annual Christmas celebration downtown. This year’s theme is “A Whoville Christmas,” and will include a free holiday movie at Royal Cinemas on the morning of December 1. Moviegoers will even be greeted by Santa.

The holiday fun doesn’t stop there. Front Royal’s annual yuletide celebration includes specials, deals, and activities from downtown merchants, with food vendors, entertainment, and crafting activities lining the gazebo area. At 4 p.m., the parade will commence, culminating in the main event: the downtown Holiday lights by Santa and the mayor. Have yourself a Whoville-style holiday this year with a trip to Front Royal.

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Manassas

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For over 70 years, the Greater Manassas Christmas Parade has been a staple of the community for which it was named. It is one of the largest parades in northern Virginia, including over 100 units-marching bands, floats, high-flying balloons, and more.

Over 2,000 participants and more than 300 volunteers help to put on the Christmas parade—an impressive workforce that leaves a lasting impression through its glamorous display of parading holiday lights and music.

This year’s theme for the parade is “A Rockin’ Christmas." The night before the parade, believers can gather for Santa Lights Manassas, the annual tree-lighting ceremony that’s been a part of the town’s tradition for over 25 years. Here, you’ll enjoy free wagon rides, ice skating, and deals from downtown merchants as Santa lights the tree and grants all of Manassas’ children’s wishes.

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Clifton Forge

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Christmas in Clifton Forge has got to make your list of seasonal stops this year. Ring in the holiday season by attending the town’s annual Christmas parade. Here you’ll see elaborately decorated floats roll through Main Street as judges score them in different areas, awarding each category winner a trophy to commemorate their hard work and holiday spirit.

This year, the parade will offer guests something extra-special: After parade festivities dwindle, attendees are invited to the auditorium for caroling, cocoa, and a free viewing of the Christmas classic Rudolph: The Red-Nosed Reindeer. Don’t miss out on Clifton Forge’s most-anticipated event of the season.

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Middleburg

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This quaint, 18th-century village in the Mother of States is a perfect setting for a quiet and cozy Christmas. Middleburg’s Christmas parade weekend is no joke, featuring a list of festive events throughout the weekend. At 5 p.m. on November 30, the tree-lighting ceremony will kick off the holiday season with the parade coming to town on December 1.

This year’s parade features some amazing additions, including Breakfast with Santa and Silent Auction, Santa’s Workshop, and the Middleburg Hunt & Hounds Review. Finishing off the weekend on Sunday, December 2, don’t miss the Live Animal Christmas Pageant at Foxcroft School. All set in a colonial village, you’ll never forget your holiday in Middleburg.

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Lexington

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History, tradition, and the spirit of giving gather in one location in stunning Lexington, Virginia. Here you’ll enjoy Christmas at the Jacksons’, an annual historical experience taking visitors back to Christmas in 1859 at the Stonewall Jackson House. Visitors will help churn butter, knead dough, help select proper Christmas attire, and decorate the house tree with hand-made ornaments.

For more traditional activities, Lexington offers up an amazing Christmas parade downtown on Main Street, where festive floats roll through town and Santa waves to all his true believers. If the opportunity to give back is at the top of your list, sign up for the Jingle Bell Run, a 5K run where spirited sprinters run through the streets with bells strapped to their laces all to support the upkeep of their beautiful town. With this much holiday spirit packed into one place, it’s no wonder Lexington makes our list of best Christmas towns in Virginia.

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Charlottesville

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Everyone knows the best way to spread Christmas cheer is going for a run while drinking a beer (and then heading to the Paramount in Charlottesville to catch Elf on the big screen). That’s exactly what you’ll be able to do at the Second Annual Brew & Buddy Run presented by Paramount in partnership with Champion Brewing Company and Three Notch’d Brewing Company.

Starting at the theater, runners will make the three-mile loop through downtown, stopping for a beer at each brewery before heading back to watch everyone’s favorite festive Ferrell flick.

Charlottesville has plenty to offer in the way of tradition as well, with its holiday market being one of the town’s older open-air markets. Here you’ll get to shop the wares of local merchants, sample the flavors of nearby dining establishments, and much more. The town also offers the chance to get in touch with the historical side of the holidays, with an open house at James Madison’s Montpelier.

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Staunton

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In Staunton, every Christmas is cherished, which is why the town has aptly named their annual holiday celebration “Cherish Every Christmas.” In Downtown Staunton, you’ll have tons of festive fun with carriage rides, ugly sweater contests, hot chocolate, a tree-lighting ceremony, a spindle tree contest for charity, and so much more. The celebration never stops in Staunton, where Santa and Mrs. Claus make their grand entrance on the Christmas Train by Buckingham Branch Railroad to the Staunton Train Station.

The Historic Staunton Foundation also hosts an annual holiday house tour, now in its 46th year. Featuring restored homes and storefronts in the Stuart Addition Historic District and Downtown Staunton, the tour dazzles and delights with an incredible display of holiday decor and Christmas lights.

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15 Surreal Places In Virginia You Won't Believe Really Exist

Find out the reason V.A. is the Mother of States.

Stretching from Chesapeake Bay to the Appalachian Mountains, Virginia’s varied landscape is a treasure trove of secret gardens, beautiful beaches and even a universal Yogi shrine. Add the Mother of States to your next road trip and check out some of these 15 surreal places you never knew existed.

Luray Caverns

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Originally discovered in 1878, Luray Caverns is the largest and most popular cavern in the Eastern United States. With cathedral-sized rooms boasting 10-story ceiling height, this maze of stalactites and stalagmites is as ethereal as it gets. Designated as a Registered Natural Landmark by The National Park Service and Department of Interior, the caverns’ enormous chambers shimmer and shine with towering stone columns, dripping crystals and sizeable bodies of water.

Visitors are welcome to tour the caverns’ impressive, underground wonderland, and they can even stay the night at the Luray Caverns Motel. There’s even an organ made entirely out of stalactites; its unearthly tone is equally chilling and hypnotic. Get a first-hand look at this incredible landmark.

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Great Falls National Park

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Just a 15-mile drive from the nation’s capital, Great Falls’ glorious 800 acres are as beautiful and historic as they come. The Potomac River flows steadfast over a series of jagged rocks into the Mather Gorge, while the centuries-old Patowmack Canal offers a first-hand look into America’s early colonial history. George Washington’s biggest plan following the Revolutionary War was to make the Potomac River navigable as far as the Ohio River Valley, which resulted in the Patowmack Canal’s construction.

Aside from the park’s rich history dating back to our nation’s beginnings, the outdoor recreation and breathtaking beauty is something that needs to be experienced to be believed. From the Great Falls of the Potomac to the plethora of hiking trails, Great Falls National Park is an amazing adventure waiting to happen.

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Shenandoah National Park

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If you’re a hiker at heart looking for your next outdoor journey, then Shenandoah National Park is the place for you. With over 500 miles of hiking trails situated in 200,000 acres of protected lands, you’re guaranteed to have a unique adventure with each visit to this enormous park.

With cascading waterfalls, scenic overlooks and plenty of space to set up camp or have a picnic, this national park has something for everyone on your nature retreat. Overall Run Falls should definitely make the top of your hiking bucket list. At 93 feet, it is the park’s tallest waterfall, beyond which hikers can get an impressive view of the Shenandoah Valley and Massanutten Mountain. It’s a sight that’s sure to take your breath away.

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Mabry Mill

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Located off the Blue Ridge Parkway sits Edwin Boston Mabry’s water-powered mill. Unbeknownst to him, the family mill would become one of the most photographed places in the United States. Hundreds of thousands of people visit each year to catch a glimpse of this lovely landmark.

The gristmill and sawmill have been restored by park naturalists, creating the perfect space for visitors to view live exhibits and see a real mill in operation to demonstrate the milling process. A nearby trail provides a great escape into the nearby woods that frame this picturesque building, and in the summer, the mill transforms into a community space where musicians and dancers gather for a good time. The opportunity to add this destination to your photo collection cannot be missed: Improve your Instagram game with a trip to this serene spot.

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Lake Drummond

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At the center of the Great Dismal Swamp lies Lake Drummond, a natural body of water that leaves visitors feeling anything but dismal (seriously, why is it called that?). Lake Drummond is one of two natural freshwater lakes in all of Virginia, and, surprisingly, it sits as the highest point in Dismal Swamp with nine ditches flowing out of it.

Aside from its obvious beauty, Lake Drummond possesses a degree of mystique with Native American folklore and ghost stories passed down through generations. The most popular of which can be found in Irish poet, Thomas Moore’s, 1803 poem “The Lake at Dismal Swamp,” where he describes the local legend of an Indian maid who died before her wedding day and haunts the lake on her ghostly, white canoe. Whether you believe or not, one thing is certain: Lake Drummond is an amazing and beautiful place.

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Virginia Beach

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What’s not to love about Virginia Beach? From the three-mile stretch of boardwalk to the historic site where the first Jamestown settlers docked the Mayflower, it’s no wonder this tourist destination makes this list.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Virginia Beach has the longest pleasure beach in the world and also has the longest bridge-tunnel complex in existence: The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. With plenty to see, eat and do, a Virginia Beach vacation is the perfect solution for all of life’s struggles.

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Chincoteague

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Wild Chincoteague ponies populate this beautiful town in the Mother of States. The nearby Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is an undisturbed paradise perfect for bird-watching, horseback riding, swimming, and biking. Plan a trip in the summer to catch the world-famous annual Pony Swim to Chincoteague where all the wild ponies are rounded up from nearby Assateague to swim over to their new home.

The wild horses are just one aspect of Chincoteague that makes this a must-see destination: The vast expanse of beaches and plentiful shellfish are a huge draw as well. Who can refuse a bite of freshly harvested clams and mussels?

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Natural Bridge State Park

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This 215-foot tall naturally occurring bridge was once owned by Thomas Jefferson himself and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Cedar Creek carved out this limestone gorge, creating an impressive archway made entirely out of rock.

Six miles of hiking trails surround the Natural Bridge, including Cedar Creek Trail, which leads from the bridge to the Monacan Indian Village and Lace Falls. Steeped in rich history, visitors can learn all about how early settlers and Native Americans used the natural resources for survival and inspiration. Get a little inspired yourself by paying a visit to this incredible natural structure.

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Smith Mountain Lake

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The second-largest freshwater lake in Virginia, Smith Mountain Lake is a breathtaking display of Mother Nature at her finest. In the Roanoke Region of Virginia, this enormous reservoir was created in 1963 and draws the attention from all over.

The scenic paradise is a great spot for water sports, fishing, picnicking and enjoying the 500 miles of shoreline that surrounds this amazing body of water. Be sure you snap a photo before you leave as proof that this breathtaking beauty really exists.

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Maymont

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You might think you’ve stumbled back in time to a wealthy colonist’s swanky gathering after visiting this gorgeous park and estate. Gilded Age financier, John Dooley, completed building the Maymont Estate in 1893. The mansion is just one of the features on this 100-acre plot of land: The Robins Nature & Visitor Center, Japanese and Italian gardens, various wildlife exhibits and Maymont Farm combine to create a truly magnificent park experience.

A testament to the American Dream and the wealth that created an entirely new class in America, Maymont is a must-see for anyone interested in Victorian architecture and our nation’s history.

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Light of Truth Universal Shrine

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The Light of Truth Universal Shrine (aka - LOTUS) is an incredible structure dedicated to the practice of yoga and meditation. Dedicated to inter-faith understanding and the light within all faiths, LOTUS’ flower-shaped design comes from the vision of Sri Swami Satchidananda, a prominent yogi responsible for bringing yoga to the west.

The shrine officially opened in 1986, and throughout its architecture are spiritual symbols with even its measurements centered around the number 108, a sacred figure in numerology. When arriving at LOTUS, visitors must drive on the left side of the road, symbolizing the need to leave behind habitual patterns. A visit to LOTUS is unlike anything you’ll ever experience.

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Abandoned Virginia Renaissance Faire

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After closing down in 1999, the ever-popular Fredericksburg renaissance faire was abandoned as-is by the laid-off staff at the close of the final season. Due to the swampiness, humidity and insufferable mosquito bites that characterize a Virginia summer, ren faire goers steadily dropped off the grid, never to return to the insect-filled park.

Nearly 20 years later, the park’s abandoned buildings still stand (sort of) for lingering knights and ladies seeking medieval refuge. A popular spot for some spooky fun and great pics, the abandoned ren faire is something you’ll have to make time for on your next trip to V.A.

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Fairy Stone State Park

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Minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway is Fairy Stone State Park, renowned for its namesake: the legendary fairy stones. These peculiar little stones are actually staurolite crystals and can only be found in a few places around the world. The best areas to find these rare stones are at the base of a tree around its roots. Visitors are not allowed to bring digging tools to search for their bounty, but your hands will do the trick just fine.

The adjoining Philpott Reservoir further creates a whimsical landscape for this aptly named park. The enchanting forests and beautiful waters will make you feel like an elven princess, if only for a few hours.

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Assateague Island National Seashore

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Better get to the island fast: The Assateague you see today won’t be the same tomorrow. That’s because the island is recreated each day by ocean wind and waves. The ever-changing, ever-moving island hosts a plethora of sandy beaches, salt marshes, maritime forests, and coastal bays. Wild ponies populate the island, whose annual migration to Chincoteague (aforementioned) is a world-renowned spectacle.

From its beautiful shorelines to its quiet woodlands, Assateague is a great place to reconnect with nature and enjoy the great outdoors. Water sports, horseback riding, fishing, hiking, camping -- whatever your hobby, the island has you covered.

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The Devil’s Bathtub

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With 13 creek crossings and four miles of hiking preceding this marvelous natural wonder, the Devil’s Bathtub is one of Virginia’s best-kept secrets. The naturally smooth swimming hole is a much-needed reward for hikers tackling this difficult trek. Water from nearby Devil’s Fork gushes into the sandstone, creating a blue-green paradise for weary travelers.

Just past the Devil’s Bathtub is another lovely landmark: a 50-foot waterfall at the mouth of Corder Hollow. Don’t miss out on the chance to experience Mother Nature’s secret pool; the Devil’s Bathtub is calling your name!

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Virginia is for lovers for a reason: The Mother of States has some of the most unique and surreal spots in the U.S. Make sure you refresh your scenic bucket list with some of the hidden gems outlined above. Have a favorite spot that didn’t make the cut? Let us know in the comments below. The adventure never stops in this beautiful southern state.

25 Secret Places In Richmond To Bring Your Girlfriend This Fall

Surprise her this weekend!

Fall has unfairly been labeled as a "basic season" because of Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Uggs, but there's really no harm in loving it. Especially if your girlfriend is a fan of any of those things. Just give into it and support her in her passions!

Fall is also a time people associate with fresh starts, so why not apply some of that thinking to your relationship? It's time to amp up the dates and get out of the tired routine of going to the same restaurants and bars. And while we all love Netflix and getting takeout, there are other options out there too.

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26 Spontaneous Day Trips That Are Less Than 3 Hours Away From Richmond

Adventure is out there!

Like with any city, Richmond is bursting at the seams with restaurants, bars, events, and concerts to go to. There just isn't a possibility for you to ever feel bored there. 

But sometimes, we all need a little break. We need some time to take a breather and to get out of the city to get out of our routines we know all too well. And what better way to do that than a day trip? The best excursions are always the ones where you get an idea scrolling through Instagram and you immediately text the group, "Hey, you guys down to do something different?" 

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