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Virginia is a state in the South Atlantic region of the United States. The capital of Virginia is Richmond. Other nicknames for the state of Virginia are ‘Old Dominion’ and the ‘Mother of Presidents,’ due to the eight U.S. presidents born in the state. Virginia is one of the America’s most historic and scenic states. Driving trails link more than 250 Civil War sites across Virginia. Richmond is filled with many fine old buildings and cultural options.
Virginia has a diverse economy, including local and federal government, military, farming and business. Computer chips have become the state’s highest grossing export. There are many federal agencies in Northern Virginia, including the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation, the United States Geological Survey, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The largest of the areas military bases is Naval Station Norfolk. The Eastern Shore of Virginia is the site of Wallops Flight Facility, a rocket testing center owned by NASA, and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, a commercial spaceport. Space tourism is also offered through Vienna-based Space Adventures. Virginia offers many locations for service offices throughout the state.
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The Blue Ridge Parkway runs along the spine of the Appalachians. This drive is one of America’s most picturesque. It overlooks lush farmland, fertile valleys, and winds through forests vibrant flowers, plants and wildlife. Virginia excels in local seafood and is the third largest producer in the United States. Specialties include oysters, blue crabs, and shad planking (fish smoked on oak boards).
Virginia has five major airports including Washington Dulles International and Reagan Washington National. Both serve the Washington metropolitan area and most of Northern Virginia. Norfolk International provides service to the Hampton Roads area. Other airports include Richmond International, and Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport. Several other airports offer limited commercial passenger service. Several major interstates run through the state of Virginia. These are I-81, which runs along the length of the northern state border and I-95, I-85 and I-64, which all run through the capital, Richmond. These are the Virginia has Amtrak passenger rail service along several corridors, and Virginia Railway Express features two commuter lines into Washington, D.C. from Fredericksburg and Manassas. The Washington Metro rapid transit system serves Northern Virginia as far west as the communities along I-66 in Fairfax County. There are several free ferries throughout Virginia, the most notable being the Jamestown-Scotland ferry which crosses the James River in Surry County.