School is Out, Vacations are In
Why Go Anywhere Else?   Vacation in Virginia.

By: Andy Farmer, Virginia Energy Sense
July 2016, ENDEAVOR  News Magazine


Smith Mountain Lake located southeast of the City of Roanoke and southwest of Lynchburg With school out for summer, many families will be taking time off to travel and enjoy a family vacation.  If you are looking for things to do on your vacation, there’s nothing better than choosing to visit some of the best things that Virginia has to offer. 

At Virginia Energy Sense, we are focused on ensuring that the citizens of Virginia understand how easy it is to save energy.  When we strive to save energy, we often save money, which provides us the opportunity to spend our energy savings elsewhere and taking advantage of the many things our state has to offer. 

By planning and enjoying your vacation time in Virginia, you are doing your part to support our state’s economy while also giving your family the opportunity to learn more about Virginia’s rich history and the influence Virginia had on the nation. 

With help from the Virginia Green Program we have compiled a list of a few of the great places in the state to visit.  All of these sites are part of the Virginia Green program so you'll be supporting Virginia attractions that are committed to ensuring they are environmentally friendly and energy efficient.

You can learn more about the Virginia Green Program on their website,, where you’ll find a multitude of other attractions, from outdoor activities and sporting events, to festivals and fairs.   Through this program, you can find something of interest for everyone in your family. 


Thomas Jefferson's Monticello home was considered one of the most energy efficient houses for its time. With its unique-and often ingenious-inventions to include the use of lighting and an energy-efficient fireplace, this historic residence is a great place to visit this summer.


Historic Colonial Williamsburg offers a fun and educational opportunity for your family to experience what life was like during the 18th century.

Shenandoah River State

The Shenandoah River Sate Park has plenty of fun outdoor activities for families, including zip-lines, campsites, trails and river access.  Who wouldn't enjoy the beauty of the outdoors unique to the Commonwealth?

By choosing to stay in the great state of Virginia for your family’s vacation, you can do your part to help the state’s economy and learn more about how they saved energy decades ago, while saving energy today by enjoying many of the outdoor attractions Virginia has to offer including the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, with European, American and Eastern collections of art, silver, decorative design & furniture, as well as an exquisite Faberge collection including five Imperial Easter Eggs and 170 additional Faberge pieces.

Consult the official travel site for the Commonwealth of Virginia at for travel ideas and various free maps or view the Virginia travel guide at You can obtain information on all travel spots including:


¨ Virginia Beach

¨ Busch Gardens

¨ Kings Dominion

¨ Water Parks

¨ National and State Parks

¨ Wineries and Breweries

¨ Historic Sites & Tours

¨ Museums

¨ Lakes and Mountains


This article was first published in the July 2016 ENDEAVOR News Magazine.  For more stories please see:  ENDEAVOR

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