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Need Inspiration for Your July 4th Travel Plans?

June 11, 2024 10:03 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Traveling during the holidays often comes with its fair share of challenges, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Want to avoid playing rock-paper-scissors to see who gets the middle seat? Want to skip cramming your spouse, kids, and in-laws into a hot car this summer? Or maybe you’d rather avoid the anxiety of navigating heavy traffic altogether? Whether you’re seeking a multi-day getaway or a relaxing day trip, Virginia Breeze is the solution for you!

Route Highlight: The Piedmont Express

Spanning from Danville to Washington D.C., the Piedmont Express showcases the best of what Southside, Central, and Northern Virginia have to offer. Join us as we uncover some hidden gems and July 4th festivities that will inspire your travel plans!

What to do in Washington D.C. 

Each year, D.C. hosts a must-see firework display that lights up the historic skyline with America’s most iconic monuments and landmarks. What better place to celebrate our nation’s birthday than the capital city itself? From Union Station, where The Breeze drops you off, take a quick trip on the Metro Red Line to the National Mall. This destination is home to the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and Smithsonian museums, making it the perfect vantage point for a spectacular fireworks display.

What to do in Charlottesville:

Think of the world’s best wine regions. Tuscany? Provence? Napa Valley? What about Charlottesville, Virginia! Fulfilling Thomas Jefferson’s dream, Charlottesville is home to over 40 wineries and was rated the best Wine Region of the Year in Wine Enthusiast’s 2023 Wine Star Awards. In just a day or a weekend, you can immerse yourself in Monticello and enjoy some of the world’s finest wines—all without the hassle of driving.

What to do in Lynchburg: 

Virginia, the “Mother of Presidents,” is home to four of the first five U.S. presidents. Thomas Jefferson, our third president, is widely known for his residence and architectural feat, Monticello, but his Lynchburg getaway, Poplar Forest, often goes unnoticed. Designed in a similar style to Monticello, Poplar Forest was a safehouse during the Revolutionary War and later a retreat for Jefferson post-presidency. Virginia Breeze can connect you to one or both of Jefferson’s residences along the Piedmont Express!

What to do in Danville: 

Looking for July 4th activities fun for the whole family? Look no further than Danville, Virginia. Nestled in Pittsylvania County, Danville is a hidden gem that has propelled Southside into a modern age of activities, events, and festivals, earning it the sleek name of SoSi while maintaining its historic charm. Danville’s Carrington Pavilion will host a free celebration featuring live music, arts, crafts, vendors, inflatables, and even a foam party! Before the evening festivities kick off, visit the Danville Science Center, steps away from the pavilion. You and your children can learn about motion, energy, and water, and discover more about transportation with everyone’s favorite train: Thomas the Tank Engine. You can even catch a brief film about constellations or dogs with superpowers on the center’s 40-foot screen, The Dome.

Whether you’re heading to the capital or exploring local treasures, Virginia Breeze makes holiday travel easy and enjoyable. Happy travels!

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