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Nice pics Tommy. Va Beach's skyline will only get better once the Westin soars 38 floors up!

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Been living at wikipedia lately? Also let's thank wrldcoupe for our representative pic of Richmond. :)

Va is for lovers and lovers of their cities!

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Ah yes of course, big thanks to Coupe for the picture of the Richmond Skyline!

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Nice pics Tommy. Va Beach's skyline will only get better once the Westin soars 38 floors up!

Wait till all the developments are done in Norfolk!

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My pic got voted off the ship :)

I can't wait to see Richmond's skyline on BOTH sides of the river in a few years....not to mention all the changes coming to the main skyline :thumbsup:

I think one of Virginia's greatest assets is her great outdoors... from the beaches and the bay, to treasures like the Rappahannock and the beautiful James, to her scenic mountains....

One of my favorite pics of the James:

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My pic got voted off the ship :)

I can't wait to see Richmond's skyline on BOTH sides of the river in a few years....not to mention all the changes coming to the main skyline :thumbsup:

I think one of Virginia's greatest assets is her great outdoors... from the beaches and the bay, to treasures like the Rappahannock and the beautiful James, to her scenic mountains....

One of my favorite pics of the James:

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Sorry about that Coupe, I figured it was too big and took a long time to load so I got some smaller pictures.

If any other city skyline photos would like to be changed, let me know!

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Crabtree Falls- went hiking here over the summer, its an amazing waterfall that falls all over the side of a mountain. Great scenery and recommended for hiking. it's said to be one of the tallest waterfalls in the Mid Atlantic States. The picture below is the base of the falls. It goes way way up past that.

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Urbanna- come visit this quaint little creekfront town. Home of the Annual Oyster Festival. Enjoy waterfront dining on their multiple restaurants. Come sail away and relax in the serenity of this town and its friendly neighborhoods.

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Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens- enjoy a relaxing day at one of Virginias famed botanical gardens. Walk the trails around the lakes or take a tropical adventure in the atrium. Visits recommended in the spring where full flower blooming takes place. These gardens are a beautiful place to enjoy nature beauty and still remain close to the City of Richmond.

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I didn't know you had a green thumb russ :rofl::lol:

j/k!

I do..........Its called give me my money!!!!!!!! :D

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I do..........Its called give me my money!!!!!!!! :D

Russ, you should know better than to ask someone from Richmond for money! :rofl:

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Thanks Willy! I never realized it looked like that. All these years I have yet to venture through there. My wife wants to go and I think I will take her there this summer or spring.

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That is absolutely astonishing. :shok: I've heard of the botanical gardens but never knew they were like that. I'm definately planning a visit in the future.

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Thanks for the pictures, Willy :D Nice botanical gardens you got over there :thumbsup:

Im headin' over to Maymont this weekend, Ill be sure to take some pictures.

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I'm definately planning a visit in the future.
You should, Norfolk's botanical gardens is a beautiful place to spend the afternoon. Trust me, you will forget that you're in the middle of the city. Here is the map of the gardens.url=http://www.norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/ourcollection/gardenmap/gardenmap.pdf]Map

My wife wants to go and I think I will take her there this summer or spring.

Take the kids too they will have a blast. I know mine did.

This will be open by Fall '06. It will be a great addition to the gardens.

Children's adventure garden

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You should, Norfolk's botanical gardens is a beautiful place to spend the afternoon. Trust me, you will forget that you're in the middle of the city. Here is the map of the gardens.url=http://www.norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/ourcollection/gardenmap/gardenmap.pdf]Map

Take the kids too they will have a blast. I know mine did.

This will be open by Fall '06. It will be a great addition to the gardens.

Children's adventure garden

Thanks again Willy! :thumbsup:

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Norfolk and Richmond definitely have great escapes like that. The Norfolk Botanical Gardens look great. Do any other Virginia cities have something comparable?

As for Richmond, when it comes to that kind of stuff, I'd definitely recommend checking out both MAYMONT and the LEWIS GINTER BOTANICAL GARDEN.

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The gateway to this beautiful oasis is the E. Claiborne Robins Visitors Center.

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The Central Garden links the Visitors Center with the Conservatory and the Education and Library Complex. Some of the gardens in the Central Garden include:

*The North Terrace Garden

*The Four Seasons Garden

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*The Healing Garden

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*The Sunken Garden

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*The Rose Belvedere

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The Central Garden is also home to the Education and Library Complex

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and the beautiful Conservatory, an 11,000 sf complex crowned with a 63ft tall dome.

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Also at Lewis Ginter are the following:

The Lora & Claiborne Robins Tea House and Asian Valley

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Henry Flagler Perrenial Garden

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Martha & Reed West Island Garden

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Bloemendaal House (circa 1884) and the Nearby Grace Arents Garden

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The Lucy Payne Minor Memorial Garden

The Margaret Streb Conifer Garden

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Vienna Cobb Anderson Meadow

And one of the best attractions: The Children's Garden, which includes:

An international village, activity center, leafy overlook and Tree House, adventure pathway, farm garden, and more!

During the holidays, Lewis Ginter lights up with over 500,000 lights, creating quite an experience:

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As for MAYMONT, it truly is a treasure for the city. Sprawling over 100 acres, Maymont is the city's largest park, and is run by the Maymont Foundation.

Visit Maymont

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Here's some pics I've taken of Maymont from last summer...

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and from January:

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In any case, it's a wonderful place to check out and just spend hours exploring... great for bringing the kids along too...

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