Travel and Tourism

Photo by Ivan Morozov.

What will it be like to live in the New River Valley over the next twenty years?

Well, that depends on what happens now that a 3 year study on livability in the NRV is complete and ready to be acted upon.  

More than 3,000 people from all over the New River Valley weighed in on which issues they’re most concerned about for the future of this region; including housing, transportation, energy, environment, and cultural assets which define this part of south western Virginia. 

Monumental Women

Dec 9, 2013

After scouring four centuries of Virginia history—a dozen women have been selected to be memorialized with a bronze monument on Richmond’s Capitol Square.

The New River Trail

Sep 3, 2013

The New River Trail, in southwestern Virginia, runs for 57 miles from Pulaski to Galax.  It’s Virginia’s longest state park, but also its narrowest ---with a right of way just 80 feet wide in many places.

Some worry that makes it especially vulnerable to development along the trail as communities give way to pressure to trade their rural character for the promise of prosperity.

Ixtatan Foundation

For most people, vacation is a time to relax and recharge the batteries before heading back to daily life, but for one woman in Charlottesville, vacation turned into a whole new life.  

The Virginia Tourism Corporation has taken a small investment and not only won a national award, but turned it into what could potentially be a HUGE boost to the state—especially the most economically distressed communities. 

The Best Advertising Mercury Award from U.S. Travel was awarded for the Commonwealth’s unique "Old School Virginia" campaign.