Europe in 3 Days or Bust

So Monday I shared with you my dream day. Today, Mama Kat has given me unlimited money and 3 days to play, relax, and do whatever I want to do as long as I don’t leave my state.

I must state right from the start that 3 days is NOT enough time. There is so much to do here in VA that take you as close to DC as crossing the Potomac River to the borders of Tennessee, Kentucky, and North Carolina. There is something for everyone here, seriously. There’s a ton of history all over the state for the history buffs (and not just civil war either). The first president of the US was born and lived here. We claim Thomas Jefferson, Booker T. Washington, Pocohantas, Sandra Bullock, Warren Beaty, Willa Cather, Katie Courac, Virginia Dare, Patrick Henry, Stonewall Jackson, Robert E Lee, Rob Lowe, Wayne Newton, Missy Elliot, Walter Reed, George C. Scott, Timbaland, June Carter Cash, and a whole page of others that were born or lived their lives here. There’s theme parks to suit all tastes. There’s nature, zoos, and children’s museums. With so many places to visit and things to do, I promise you 3 days is NOT enough time.

I can prove it.

Two summers ago, we took a 3 day vacation. We chose Williamsburg as our main vacation hideaway, with intent to spend our last day at Va Beach, only 1.5 hours away. There’s so much to do in Williamsburg even that we still need to go back just to be able to say “We did it all.” And we never made it to the beach….

Day 1 consisted of the short drive to Williamsburg, locating our hotel, checking in, unloading, then hitting Busch Gardens. Our Busch Gardens is based on Europe and while there, we visited Italy, Ireland, Germany, Scotland, England, and France. It literally took us two days to enjoy the whole park. We’d chosen a package that included Water Country USA, and spent a day splishing, splashing, and sliding our way from one end of the park to the other.

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We enjoyed the parks, but were a bit disappointed we didn’t have time to visit Jamestown and see the ships there. We did drive into Williamsburg, and were a little disappointed there wasn’t much going on (but maybe we were looking in the wrong place).

There are so many great things to do, attractions to see, it can make vacation planning a chore! For our next “local” vacation, we are considering 2 options:

  1. Great Wolf Lodge
  2. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park/Luray Caverns/Skyline Drive/Shenandoah National Park

Hmmm. Now that I think about it, Jellystone looks like it could fill a week with all the attractions around it….

We’ve got a tough decision ahead of us it seems. Which would you choose?

5.) You have a 3 day weekend to do anything you want with your family…money is not a factor, BUT you must stay in your own state. What would you do?