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National accolades for everything from ice cream to small towns, hot dogs and whatever else you can think of keep rolling in for Virginia areas and businesses. While it’s hard to keep up with all that’s fabulous and acclaimed, we thought we’d give it a shot by sharing the more recent accolades. This post, The Best of Virginia’s Outdoors, is the first in a series you can look forward to. Be sure to subscribe to our posts to avoid missing the upcoming articles.

BEACHES

Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach & Boardwalk

  • #4, 10 Last-Minute Beach Getaways for Summer, Fodor’s Travel, 2014
  • #6, America’s Best Boardwalks, Travel + Leisure, 2014
  • #6, 10 Under-the-Radar Beaches in the U.S., Fodor’s Travel, 2014
  • Best Beaches for Memorial Day Weekend, USAToday.com, 2014
  • 10Best: Southern Beaches, USAToday.com, 2014
  • #7, 9 Best Boardwalks in the U.S., Huffington Post Travel, 2013
  • #9, 10 Best Boardwalks in the U.S., National Geographic, 2013
  • 10 Uncrowded Atlantic Beaches for Summer, USAToday.com, 2013
  • One of America’s Most Awesome Boardwalks, Budget Travel, 2013

Assateague Island National Seashore

  • #23, 2014 Best Beaches in the U.S., TripAdvisor 2014 Travelers’ Choice
  • #6, Best U.S. Island, USA Today Travel Reader’s Choice, 2014
  • Among the Best Beaches on Earth, Travel + Leisure, 2013
  • Top 25 U.S. Beaches, TripAdvisor 2013 Travelers’ Choice
  • Top 10 Things for Families to Do in Virginia, Trekaroo.com, 2012

Chincoteague Island

  • #7, Top 10 Beaches in the U.S., TripAdvisor 2013 Travelers’ Choice
  • America’s Best Beach Town, AOL.com, 2010

Assateague Island National Seashore
Chincoteague Island

BICYCLING

Arlington

  • #23, America’s Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities, Bicycling.com, 2012

Capital Bikeshare, Arlington

  • #11, The 16 Best Bike Shares in the World, TheActiveTimes.com, 2013

Harrisonburg

  • America’s Top Mountain Bike Towns, TheActiveTimes.com, 2013

Williamsburg

  • Recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Community, League of American Bicyclists, 2013

Colonial Parkway, Williamsburg
Harrisonburg with Shenandoah Mountain Touring
Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park, Arlington

GARDENS

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond

  • #2, 10 Best Public Gardens in North America, USA Today, 2014
  • #21, 30 Must-See U.S. Public Gardens, TheActiveTimes.com, 2014
  • 10 North American Gardens Worth Travelling For, BBC Travel, 2013
  • Best Botanical Gardens in the U.S., Travel Channel, 2013

 

GOLF

Primland Resort, Meadows of Dan

  • #13, Top 100 Public Courses in America, Golf Digest, 2012
  • The Boutique Mountain Golf Resort in the U.S., Golf Odyssey, 2011
  • #22, Best Courses, Golfweek, 2010
  • Resorts to Watch, Golf Magazine, 2010
  • Best New Public Course in America ($75 and over bracket), Golf Digest, 2008
  • One of the Top 10 New Courses in the World, Travel + Leisure, 2007

Golden Horseshoe Golf Club at Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg

  • America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses, Golf Digest, 2012, 2011, …
  • Top 100 Resort Courses, Golfweek, annually 2007-2012
  • Top 100 You Can Play, GOLF Magazine, 2012, 2011, 2010, …

Golden Horseshoe Golf Club
Primland Resort

HIKING

Appalachian Trail

  • #5, 7 Adventure Trips You Need to Take this Summer, TheActiveTimes.com, 2014

Cape Henry Trail at First Landing State Park, Virginia Beach (PDF)

  • #9, 30 Great American Hikes, TheActiveTimes.com, 2014

Old Rag Mountain in Shenandoah National Park

  • #6, 30 Great American Hikes, TheActiveTimes.com, 2014
  • #29, 31 Great American Day Hikes to Do Before Summer Ends, TheActiveTimes.com, 2014

First Landing State Park. Image by CameronDavidson@CameronDavidson.com
Appalachian Trail through Shenandoah National Park.

RIVERS

Shenadoah River. Photo by CameronDavidson@CameronDavidson.com.

Shenadoah River. CameronDavidson@CameronDavidson.com.

Shenandoah River

  • Class I, 50 of the Best Rivers in the Southeast, Blue Ridge Outdoors, 2013

 

SKI RESORTS

Massanutten Resort, McGaheysville

  • 10 Best Ski Resorts for Summer Fun, Fodor’s Travel, 2014

 

STATE AND NATIONAL PARKS

High Bridge Trail State Park, Farmville

  • #17, 36 Stunning U.S. State Parks, TheActiveTimes.com, 2014

Natural Tunnel State Park, Duffield

  • #21, 36 Stunning U.S. State Parks, TheActiveTimes.com, 2014

Shenandoah National Park, Luray

  • #30, The Absolute Best National Park, TheActiveTimes.com, 2014

High Bridge Trail State Park
Natural Tunnel State Park

COMMUNITIES RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR OUTDOOR OPPORTUNITIES

Galax

  • The Next Great Mountain Towns, Blue Ridge Outdoors, 2013

Luray

  • The Next Great Mountain Towns, Blue Ridge Outdoors, 2013

Richmond

  • Best Town Ever, Outside, 2012

Roanoke

  • 10Best: Bike-Friendly Cities, USAToday.com, 2014
  • Best Trail Town, Blue Ridge Outdoors, 2013
  • Best Mid-Sized Mountain Town, Blue Ridge Outdoors, 2012

Richmond. Photo by Jesse Peters.
Luray. Photo by CameronDavidson@CameronDavidson.com.
Roanoke. Photo by Christopher Thompson.

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