Lonely Planet: 11 of the best free things to do in Virginia: experience the Old Dominion for nothing

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With a rich landscape filled with miles of beachy coastline, misty mountain peaks, prerevolutionary villages, and famous historic sites, Virginia presents a wealth of things to see and do. And while there’s plenty you can pay for the privilege (and worth every dollar), many are fortunately free.

We’ve scoped out 11 of the best free things to see and do in the Old Dominion, from the Northern Virginia suburbs to the Appalachian Mountains, to the sun-drenched Eastern Shore and beyond. Wild horses, giant airplanes, a buzzy beach boardwalk, and threatened piping plovers are all part of the fun.

With miles of shoreline along the Atlantic Ocean, the Chesapeake, and the Potomac, other sunshiny escapes in Virginia include Colonial Beach along the Northern Neck…

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