Virginia is home to more US presidents than any other state. It was the first one to adopt a Constitution and its state capital was before the capital of the Confederacy. Virginia apologized first on its behalf for the genocide of Native Americans and its support for the institution of slavery. Its tumultuous history makes it worth a visit, at least to see what the Pentagon really looks like. While Washington D.C. is not officially part of any state, it`s still incredibly close to Virginia.
Not only have its political affiliations made Virginia a touristic destination, but also its beautiful and unaltered scenery. A part of the Appalachian Mountains, the Blue Ridge Mountains, hold high peaks and evergreen amazing forests. The Chesapeake Bay hosts unique flora and fauna. The resorts in Virginia Beach cater to those willing to relax on a summer vacation. Besides, you can tour the birthplaces of the presidents. Chancellorsville, Belle Groove, Colonial Williams-burg and the Masonic Memorial will improve your history knowledge. The Tomb of the Unknown commemorates the victims of World War I, while the Black Soldiers Memorial is the only monument in the South paying homage to the African-Americans who died in the Civil War. The FBI Headquarters and Academy are located (partially) in Virginia.
Stereotypes about Virginia can be incredibly random. One says they have no teeth and wear no shoes, which is too absurd to even ask for an explanation. Some others apply to the South and say they’re uneducated rednecks. Given they have proper educational institutions, such as Virginia Tech, it gets hard to believe it. However, the prejudice they smoke a tad more than the rest might be true. Virginians meant to make cotton plantations out of their land. The plan was disastrous, so they grew tobacco to cover up the losses. It turned out better than expected, so even right now, Virginia is an important tobacco distributor.