Welcome to: Virginia

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Virginia!

Bordered on one side by the Chesapeake Bay and by the Appalachian mountains on the other, Virginia sits right in the middle of the east coast. The original settlers of the land were the Algonquin, Sioux, and Iroquois Native Americans, although the state’s nickname gives a nod to just how far back its colonial ties go. Virginia got the nickname Old Dominion for being the first English colony in North America. It become the 10th state to join the Union in 1788.

The Virginia General Assembly, established in Jamestown on July 30, 1619, is the oldest legislative body in America. Not only has it been making laws longer than anywhere else in the country, it was also the place where George Washington got his chops and Patrick Henry helped ignite the American Revolution with his “Give me liberty, or give me death!” speech.

Virginia is the birthplace of more American Presidents than any other state. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor and Woodrow Wilson were all born in Old Dominion. There’s even a Presidential Pet Museum in Williamsburg were you can learn about Washington’s horse and guess which President had a herd of elephants or lion cubs.

Clearly, Virginia is for politicians. But it’s also for lovers, at least according to the state’s slogan since 1969. After “Virginia Is For Lovers,” was used in a wedding magazine ad, the tagline stuck. From the Blue Ridge Parkway to the atlantic ocean, there’s plenty to love for visitors and locals alike.