Commemoration puts Virginia on list of best places to visit

Virginia is a top destination for history and heritage tourism thanks to the 2019 Commemoration.

Frommer’s, a travel publication, announced Wednesday that Virginia is included in its list of Best Places to Go in 2019. The publication’s unranked list also includes destinations such as Bulgaria, Memphis, Tenn. and Nagasaki, Japan.

The 2019 Commemoration American Evolution put Virginia on the list because the state-wide, year-long event promises to be a deep dive into the complicated and under-told origins of the United States shared through engaging exhibitions and programs, Pauline Frommer, Frommer’s editorial director, said in a 2019 Commemoration news release.

“It’s an opportunity for Americans to reflect upon what it means to be a U.S. citizen, and do so in a highly authentic and engaging fashion,” Frommer said.

The commemoration recognizes the 400th anniversary of Virginia events that were important to the development of the United States, such as the arrival of the first recorded Africans in English North America, the first meeting of an English representative legislation and the year when English women were first recruited in sizable numbers to come to the Jamestown colony.

“Inclusion in Frommer’s list of Best Places to Go in 2019 underscores Virginia’s leadership as a top destination for history and heritage tourism. I encourage and welcome visitors from around the globe to come to Virginia in 2019 and engage in this significant commemoration,” commemoration executive director Kathy Spangler said in the release.

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