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Nicknamed the ‘Old Dominion’, this state is a fantastic place for history buffs and those that love scenic landscapes and can easily be travelled by using car hire in Virginia. Virginia's 300-foot long beach has been a long time family favourite and offers much more than just the beach itself. Richmond, the capital of state, is a massive city drowning in history with landmarks, museums and beautiful architecture at every turn. Arlington, home of the Pentagon, has both a vibrant city and a quiet town feel.
There are locations which have vehicles for hire placed all over the state, including in Richmond, Virginia Beach, Richmond Airport and Washington Dulles Airport. Rental cars are available through major suppliers such as Avis, Budget and Thrifty. Compare car hire options ahead of time to grab the best deal.
Richmond Airport services flights arriving from major hubs across the US as well as from Toronto, Canada and Freeport, Bahamas. Most international travellers arrive via Washington Dulles International Airport in Fairfax County. Amtrak trains stop in many cities across the state, and the metro connects Virginia to Washington DC. The I-95 is the main route running north and south through the state while the I-85 links it to the northeast and southwest.
A hire car is the most popular way for visitors to get around, but you should avoid driving in and around the cities in rush hours. Americans drive on the right-hand side and the posted speed limit on interstates and major highways is 70mph. On other routes the maximum limit is 55mph while it is 25mph in the city centres.
Richmond is an ideal starting point for visiting the state’s attractions with car rental in Virginia. Drive north to Fredericksburg to gaze at its numerous historical landmarks or spend the day visiting Colonial Williamsburg, an outdoor living museum. Cape Charles is a charming coastal town, while those that love natural beauty should not miss Shenandoah National Park.
Virginia has four distinct seasons and the weather can vary quite a bit. In July expect the temperature to sit at around 31°C and in January be prepared for it to get as cold as -3°C. The summer months are prone to thunderstorms and occasional tornadoes; November is the driest month.