If you were to create the perfect place-between-places, what would you fill it with? Arrestingly beautiful rugged mountains? Forrested valleys and expansive marshlands? A long lazy stretch of coastline? You’d probably want to throw in some colonial towns and historic battlefields, for good measure. You’d have Virginia, a dense little state that punches well above its weight. Straddling the invisible line between the North and South of the American East Coast, Virginia is home to both Revolutionary War and Civil War history, and a character all its own. Open-air museum Williamsburg immerses you in the historic ambiance of its well-preserved colonial past, while former Confederate capital Richmond is ripe with Civil War monuments and sites. Shenandoah National Park lures thousands down its Skyline Drive with one of nature’s most spectacular fall foliage shows. But don’t feel confined to the car; with over 500 miles of hiking trails, this Blue Ridge Park allows you to experience one of America’s most beautiful natural environments. Once you’re ready for some R&R, head down the coast to Virginia Beach, a classic oceanfront vacation spot that’s as family-friendly as it is kick-back. Once the sandy shores and gentle winds have restored your energy, kayak, fish and bike around the park, and be sure to catch some live music at the Virginia Beach Amphitheater. Virginia may truly be for lovers.