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- July 29, 2003 at 10:02 am #258788
If you are coming through va, check out civil war history sites.
there’s some battlefields, etc here. i live in harrisonburg,
va..about an hour from monticello and montpelier, and about 2 hrs
from dc. charlottesville, va has a few campgrounds, near those 2
places. Mt. Vernon near dc is a great place to visit.
smithsonian, it’s all free and wonderful museums! search the
websites, ask for phamplets to be mailed to you. i know most history
places do have homeschool activities, ask for info when you ask for
phamplets online. all are geared with govt/public school sol’s in
mind, so you know they are kid-educate oriented. also, for a low
cost camping check out blue ridge parkway and skyline drive, all govt
forests. i’ve found some cheaper camping there plus some spots have
what i call “ranger rick” programs for children. sept would be a
lovely time to visit these areas and camp. i would suggest reserving
spots now for fall, many people come to see the foliage at that time
of year, so campground get booked early. blue ridge parkway starts
in cherokee, nc (i believe) and ends at afton, va, where the skyline
drive begins, skyline ends in front royal, va. there is no fee for
blue ridge but a fee for the skyline. also, check out state parks
they usually have cheaper camping fees. check out the hiking trails
on the parkways, they have some nice ones with waterfalls, etc.
williamsburg ole town is great! plan your trip, you can’t possibly
do it all there in one day! we usually do at least a 2 day tour.
Cheaper eats and drinks>> backpack your lunch for the day in
Williamsburg, just as if you were going to an amusement park kinda
deal. Outdoor garb needed, it’s mostly outside with in-and-out of
buildings. Very lovely done area! Very educational happenings.
Goggle it and ask for an info pack now to plan your trip.
Monticello is a must see! I love Monticello! Research Jefferson’s
agriculture influences before you come. You and the children will
appreciate the grounds/gardens more if you have studied Jefferson’s
knowledge of plants. Visit your library this summer on books of
places you want to go. Travel books are available for almost
anywhere. Again, I’m, in central Va and my husband travels to
Charlottesville once a week on business, so let me know if I can help
you further as a “native”.
Natural Bridge is a great place for kids. Hiking trail has an Indian
village, again pack lunch and cool drinks, and dress for hiking.
Camping nearby. Personal option>> Wax Museum is nice, but skip the
zoo there and hit dc’s zoo instead.
don’t forget va’s caverns, they are pretty fun to tour.
here’s a few sites to get ya brainstorming:
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