Moon Virginia

Including Washington, D.C.

Fifth Edition, October 2010
Pages: 480

Price: $19.95 USD
ISBN: 9781598803556

Price: $9.99 USD
ISBN: 9781612381015

Virginia resident Katie Githens shares the best her state has to offer, from the tumultuous Great Falls to Southwest Virginia’s The Crooked Road. Githens provides unique travel strategies, including The Two-Week History Tour and Virginia Is For Foodies. Complete with tips on how to find the choicest swimming holes on sweltering summer days, as well as which u-pick farms and sustainable eateries to visit, Moon Virginia gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.

What’s inside Moon Virginia

Enjoy the very best of Virginia with these itineraries:
    • The Best of Virginia
    • Romantic Getaways
    • Beat-the-Heat Weekends
    • The Appalachian Trail
    • Fun for the Family
    • The Coastal Loop
    • Virginia Is for Foodies
    • Down-Home Virginia: Music and Mountain Biking
Explore what Virginia has to offer.

Recommendations for the top sights, recreation, entertainment, hotels, and food in:

    • Northern Virginia including Arlington County and Vicinity, Old Town Alexandria, Near the Beltway, Hunt County, and Down the Potomac
    • Washington D.C. including the National Mall and Beyond
    • The Coast including Northern Neck, Middle Neck, Colonial Williamsburg, Northern Hampton Roads, Norfolk and Vicinity, Virginia Beach and Vicinity, and The Eastern Shore
    • Central Virginia including Richmond and Vicinity, Petersburg and Vicinity, Fredericksburg and Vicinity, Charlottesville and Vicinity, Lynchburg and Vicinity, and Danville
    • The Shenandoah including Winchester and Vicinity, The Northern Valley, Shenandoah National Park, Harrisonburg and Vicinity, Staunton and Vicinity, Allegheny Highlands, Lexington and South of Lexington
    • Southwest Virginia including Roanoke and Vicinity, Blacksburg and Vicinity, New River Valley, Damascus, Abingdon, and Far Southwest

Travel writer Katie Githens already had her nose to the ground, so to speak, exploring the best of Virginia when she started her research for Moon Virginia. Her first book, The Dog Lover’s Companion to Washington DC (which includes northern Virginia in its coverage), was still hot off the presses when she set off to explore the Old Dominion in its entirety.

From her backyard in Arlington to the back roads of Appalachia, Katie learned a few things along the way: namely, that bluegrass is soul music; that she would have aced American history if she grew up here; and that knowing how to drive on winding country roads in winter is a very, very useful skill to have.

While doing the footwork for Moon Virginia, Katie kept one eye peeled for outdoor adventure. She loves nothing more than a good, long trail run, except maybe a farmers market to stop at for breakfast when she’s done. Blissfully, Virginia is a rich destination for both activities.

Before moving to Arlington County in 2005, Katie wrapped up a journalism degree from beachfront Pepperdine University and honed her writing skills at The Aspen Times and Los Angeles Sports & Fitness magazine. When she’s not researching a project that puts her behind the wheel or holding a leash, Katie is behind a desk as a writer and editor in support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She lives in Arlington with her husband, Mike Githens, and her dog and frequent travel companion, Denali.