20 Historic Sites in Virginia

Canal Walk (Richmond)

Location: Middle o’ Virginia

Statues, exhibits, and medallions mark this Canal Walk through Richmond’s four centuries of history. From things like the first [“commercially successful”] streetcar system to cool railroad crossings, this walk is both scenic and fun. George Washington was a big fan of canals, and numerous engineers throughout history had their hand in the Richmond canals’ design. Also along the way, you’ll find shops and restaurants and relaxing places to rest your feet.

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The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial

Location: Northern Virginia

The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial is a solemn place to visit a piece of America’s more recent history. Each of the 184 victims is remembered with a bench engraved with their name. The benches are ordered by age, from Dana Falkenberg (3) to Jon Yamnick St. (72). If you face the Pentagon, you will be able to read the names of people who died inside the building. If you face the opposite direction, you can follow the victims from the plane along the route it took before it crashed. Under each bench is a shallow lighted pool of water, which makes for a haunting image at night. Soak in the quiet and sit here for a bit.

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