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Your Guide to Making Your Travels Around the Commonwealth Easier

August 18, 2022

You’re setting out to spend a day on the water on Virginia’s Middle Peninsula, and the last thing you want is hassle. Keep this list of helpful hints and tools handy to use when traveling anywhere in the Commonwealth.

Avoid traffic snares by tuning into information at Virginia 511. You can find up-to-date real-time information on construction, road closures and conditions and accidents. This is also your guide for toll roads, rest areas, HOV info and alternative fueling stations. Following @511statewideva on Twitter is also a good idea.

Dial #77 if you need to reach Virginia State Police. While 911 is reserved for emergencies, use #77 to report problems, including crashes, disabled vehicles or reckless drivers on the interstate.

You can receive a Virginia Travel Guide and state map and a Virginia campground directory by filling out this online form.

If any of Virginia’s 41 state parks is on your list, discover all that’s to do in each of them, from biking to boating to paddling, picnicking and fishing. Also, visit that link for information on admission and cabin, camping and swimming fees.

Paddlers can plan their routes with a map of water access points and water trails. Explore a list of the 36 scenic rivers in the state. If you’re planning a paddle in Gloucester, review the Gloucester Blueways Guide to decide where to launch.

Use your mobile device to learn about places to visit on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places.

Visit if you want to plan a getaway but want some fresh ideas. You’ll find a list of bucket list hikes, pick-your-own farms, top spots for fall foliage and plenty of suggestions for outdoor adventure.

Looking to add one of the Virginia LOVEworks signs to your Instagram feed? Find all the locations of the signs here.

Plan your trip around an event. Browse listings here that include history and heritage events, sporting events, concerts and live music and upcoming festivals and fairs.

Want your furry friend to accompany you? Plan your trip with your pet by seeing what accommodations accept animals and what attractions are pet friendly.

Browse overnight ideas whether you want to stay in a hotel, camp, head to a resort, enjoy a B&B or plan a retreat at a resort.