29 July, 2021
Do you need a weekend away?  Hit the rails to these 5 Virginia destinations

Do you need a weekend away? Hit the rails to these 5 Virginia destinations

** This post was written in collaboration with Amtrak Virginia and the Virginia Department of Rail & Public Transportation. **


One of the funniest and most exciting parts of exploring Virginia is how much variety you can find here. The Commonwealth takes you from the beach to the mountains, with its bustling cities and charming small towns. Whether you want to slow down and relax while traveling or enjoy your vacation full of action and passion, you will find so much to love here.

Even better, you can skip the drive and take the train to many of Virginia’s wonderful vacation destinations. Amtrak’s nine passenger rail routes and 23 train stations offer a variety of options. Stretch out and enjoy the journey in wide, comfortable reclining seats with plenty of legroom. Break out your devices and take advantage of the free Wi-Fi service and the sockets at the seat. If you need a little refreshment, stop by the café car, which sells sandwiches, salads, snacks and hot and cold drinks.

Ready for a short break? This post has five goals with five different inspirations. Take a look around and see how you would make them your own!


Hilly Getaway – Lynchburg

Scenic beauty of Lynchburg

Amtrak Station (LYH)

The Blue Ridge Mountains are breathtaking, but their beautiful foothills also offer many charms – such as Lynchburg, the “City of the Seven Hills”. It is a vibrant and historic city that just keeps getting better with time, offering new forms of adventure, entertainment, entertainment and relaxation.

Ideas to get you started:

  • Monument terrace
  • Lower Bluffwalk
  • Lynchburg Community Market
  • Brew Ridge Tours
  • James River Batteau Festival


Relaxing Getaway – Ashland

Ashland / Hanover visitor information center

Amtrak Station (ASD)

Ashland is full of small town charm and friendly hospitality. The hotel is located right in the center of Virginia and is affectionately referred to as the “Center of the Universe” by locals for its central location within the state. Stroll tree-lined streets, explore historic sites, and enjoy unique shops and restaurants. For some thrills, head to the nearby Kings Dominion amusement park.

Ideas to get you started:

  • Ashland Museum and walking tours
  • Ashland Visitor Center (in the original RF&P train station)
  • Hanover tavern
  • Kings Dominion


Artsy Getaway – Staunton

Downtown Staunton

Amtrak Station (STA)

For everything that has to do with art and culture, Staunton should not be missing. It is an extremely walkable city with a compact downtown area with stunning, carefully preserved architecture and over 100 unique shops, art galleries and restaurants. In addition to the area’s museums, historical sites, and theaters, your visit will keep you busy.

Get started ideas:

  • Downtown Staunton and architecture
  • Blackfriars Playhouse
  • Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum
  • Border culture museum
  • Queen City Mischief & Magic (Harry Potter Street Festival)


Get-Outside Getaway – CulpeperDowntown Culpeper

Amtrak Station (CLP)

The scenic landscape of Culpeper offers breathtaking views – and a multitude of opportunities for hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing and horse riding. Or, get some fresh air and stroll through the revitalized downtown area, filled with art and antiques, quaint shops, country shops, and foodie-friendly restaurants.

Ideas to get you started:

  • Lake Pelham Adventure
  • Bike paths
  • Glengary Tree Farm
  • Mountain Run Lake Park
  • Self guided hike


One day short break – Manassas

Manassas train station.

Amtrak Station (MSS)

If you only have time for a short trip, Manassas cannot be missed. Known for its civil war history, Manassas has wonderful museums and a charming historic district that is perfect for a day trip. You’ll learn a little, shop a little, snake a little – and definitely eat a little.

Get started ideas:

  • Old town of Manassas
  • Farmers market
  • Manassas Museum
  • Harris Pavilion


Start planning your vacation today

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