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RICHMOND, Va. (PRWEB) December 14, 2012
A vacation in Virginia is all about love, pure and simple states the Virginia Tourism Corporation. Virginia enjoys its well-deserved reputation as a top American travel destination with high-quality experiences that enable visitors to feel completely connected to loved ones. Though millions flock to Virginia each year the Commonwealth never rests on its laurels. Every year brings new attractions, big renovations and additions and there always seems to be a significant anniversary or two.
In 2013 theres even more love to go around as Virginia celebrates proud milestones and welcomes new members to its family of outstanding things for visitors to enjoy. Here are just a few highlights:
New Experiences, Attractions and Exhibits
- The LINCOLN Movie Trail, Steven Spielbergs blockbuster movie filmed entirely in the Richmond/Petersburg area, is packing theaters around the world and heading for Oscar honors come February. The Lincoln Movie Trail pinpoints film locations as well as sites favored and frequented by stars such as Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones and the producer/director himself. The real Abraham Lincoln visited both Richmond and Petersburg in the closing days of the Civil War. Visitors can follow his historic path afoot or on Segways.
- Salamander Resort &Spa makes its much-anticipated debut Summer 2013. Set on 340 acres near Middleburg, the resort will boast 168 luxury rooms and suites, 23,000-square-foot spa, full-service equestrian center, fine dining and 12,000 square feet of conference and event facilities. Owned by Sheila Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television, Salamander Resort & Spa is the only luxury resort scheduled to open in the United States in 2013.
- Center in the Square, long the hub of cultural activity in downtown Roanoke, will reopen in 2013 after extensive renovation, reconfiguring and basic reinvention. The home for Mill Mountain Theater, the Science Museum of Western Virginia, the Harrison Museum of African American Culture and the History Museum & Historical Society of Western Virginia, will re-emerge after a $27 million do-over with refurbished exterior and redesigned interior, a 5,500-gallon living coral reef aquarium and a green rooftop facility.
- The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester will host an exhibit in 2013 honoring one of its hometowns favorite citizens, Patsy Cline. Becoming Patsy Cline will focus on the early years of the legendary country singer and first female member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and will run from August 2013 through February 2014. Patsy Cline cut her musical teeth in Winchester, where her home is now a museum. The tragic plane crash that took her life occurred 50 years ago in March. She is buried in Winchesters Shenandoah Memorial Park.
- The Virginia International Tattoo is the centerpiece of the annual Virginia Arts Festival and is a spectacle of military pageantry attended by visitors from around the world. In 2013 the Tattoo will add a special Thursday performance to go along with its usual Friday-Saturday-Sunday schedule.
- Michelangelo Sacred and Profane, the touring exhibit of drawings of the master artist and architect, makes its only American stop at The College of William and Marys Muscarelle Museum of Art from February 9th to April 13th, 2013. The exhibit includes 26 original drawings preserved in the family home in Italy, some of which have never before been seen in the U.S.
- The Presidents Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office, a National Geographic exhibition featuring dozens of rarely seen images of recent U.S. presidents through the eyes of their official photographers, will be on display at the Virginia Historical Society from March 4 July 8, 2013. Featuring images taken in tense times and on joyous occasions, the show explores the role of the presidents photographer, documenting for history every possible aspect of presidency. The exhibition also includes the National Geographic documentary about Pete Souza, President Obamas chief White House photographer, which will be shown at the top of each hour.
- Kings Dominion will open the worlds largest Peanuts-themed childrens area Spring 2013 with its new Planet Snoopy. The 14-acre area will feature 12 new or re-themed attractions including a monorail, two live shows and an open-air marketplace based on some of the worlds most beloved comic strip characters.
- While traveling in Virginia, look for giant LOVEworks popping up in cities, towns, wineries and other public places throughout the Commonwealth. New artworks reflecting distinct local cultures and traditions will appear throughout 2013. Why not visit them all?