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Cattle grazing near Lexington, Virginia
Set midway between Roanoke and Charlottesville, Virginia, scenic Lexington “delights visitors with cool shops and boutiques, a walkable downtown … restaurants that use locally sourced ingredients, and a wealth of Southern history,” says AARP. Trawl the Virginia Military Institute Museum and its 15,000 artifacts, browse the 100-plus vendors at The Antique Mall and then chow down at Blue Sky Bakery. And when you’re ready to move on, head out on the nearby world-famous Blue Ridge Parkway, which runs for 469 picturesque miles through Virginia and North Carolina.
Closest airport: Roanoke Regional (ROA), Roanoke, Virginia, or Lynchburg Regional (LYH), Lynchburg, Virginia
Tourism website: https://lexingtonvirginia.com