Historic downtown Bristol has a nationally certified Main Street Program offering walking tours, audio tours, unique dining, shopping and entertainment. One of the ways that Bristol celebrates its musical heritage is the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Music Festival every year on the third weekend of September.
State Street is lined with country music murals and monuments. At the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance Museum you can enjoy live music performances and see musical instruments and memorabilia from legendary country music stars.
For country music lovers, Bristol is a great place to listen, learn and experience the historical roots of country music.
The kids will love the huge colorfully painted fiberglass replicas of like the Trachadon, King Cobra, Stegasaurus, sixty-foot shark, twenty-foot Tyrannasaurus and over 40 other prehistoric animals. One scene shows a battle of Titanosaurus vs Tyrannosaurus.
There’s a 14-foot-tall praying mantis, 20-foot-tall King Kong and a 70-foot-long purple octopus. Dinosaur Land is located in northern Virginia near Front Royal. It’s a family owned business that grew out of a 1960’s era gift shop when Joseph Geraci got the dinosaur bug and started making life-size statues.
The Luray Valley Museum and Gardens celebrates the Shenandoah culture from 1750 and re-creates a small 200 year old farming community in a collection of historical local buildings. Luray has a one-acre ornamental Garden Maze which is one of the largest in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Just off Main Street is access to the Virginia Creeper trail. This is a 34-mile long National Recreation Trail which is great for outdoor family vacation activities like hiking, biking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing.
During the first two weeks in August, Abingdon holds the Virginia Highlands Festival, one of the top tourist events in North America. This is a family festival with music concerts, plays, open-air markets and tents with fine antiques and crafts.
The Fort Chiswell Animal Park is a 45-acre animal park and petting zoo with exotic animals from Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. See historical period demonstrations by trained guides at the Wolf Creek Indian Village & Museum.
Nearby Pleasant Hill Farm’s Field of Flowers offers a unique and fun “cut-your-own” flowers experience. This is a nice relaxing setting with a gazebo overlooking 50 flower beds and a large fish pond.