Tag Archives: Virginia

McCool Travel article about Redefinition at Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner.

Redefined Luxury at Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner

The Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner recently celebrated their 25th anniversary as the premier luxury property in Northern Virginia with a complete overhaul and modernization—called the Redefinition project. If you have not been to The Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner lately, you should definitely revisit. If you have never been, well go now while everything is fresh and new. Redefinition project […]

things to do in Richmond Virginia: Museum of Fine Arts

8 Great Things To Do in Richmond Virginia

Great things to do in Richmond Virginia include historic, nature, fun, food/drink, and other activities. Richmond, Virginia is steeped in American history but today is blossoming as an adventure and foodie destination. Traditionally known as the capital of the US South (including the capital of the Confederate States during the 1860s), Richmond is also the hometown of Arthur Ashe, […]

8 Great Things to do in Shenandoah Valley: Tuscarora Trail. Eagle Rock Trail

8 Great Things To Do In Shenandoah Valley Virginia

Things to Do in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia Shenandoah Valley, Virginia is an area of astounding natural beauty and amazing history. The Shenandoah Valley nestles snugly between two mountain ranges—Blue Ridge to the east and Allegheny (Appalachian) mountains to the west—and stretches 200 miles from the Potomac River in the north to the James River in the south. Only […]

Udvar-Hazy Center, Centreville, Virginia

Fascinating Small Town Museums in Northeastern US

This article covers small town museums in Northeastern US, including Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. Please also see Fascinating Small Town Museums in Southeastern US and Fascinating Small Town Museums in Western US. One more future article in this series, Fascinating Small Town Museums in Midwestern US, will be published later. Along with my personal recommendations, I […]

things to do in Prince William County Virginia: Prince William Forest Park

8 Great Things to Do in Prince William County

Prince William County is the third most populous county in Virginia (after Fairfax and Virginia Beach) and is within an hour drive of Washington, DC.—where many residents travel to work each weekday. Two of the bloodiest American Civil War battles occurred in Prince William County, which was first settled in 1653. Along with history, things to do in Prince William County […]

virginia tech pond

Blacksburg Hotels and Unique Lodging Near Virginia Tech

After a few visits to Blacksburg, Virginia—my son is a student at Virginia Tech (which won the “most satisfied students” honor)—I have experienced a wide variety of Blacksburg hotels and lodging options. Blacksburg, Virginia, besides being the home of Virginia Tech, is a vibrant, small college town, nestled in an area of incredible natural beauty. The Blacksburg […]

Tractor Mailbox, Loudoun County unpaved roads

Explore the Unpaved Roads of Loudoun County

Leesburg, the county seat of Loudoun County, is less than a 45 minute drive (with no traffic) from Washington, D.C.—making it an ideal day trip from the capitol city. While the wine tasting scene there is growing in popularity, my favorite activity is exploring the unpaved roads of Loudoun County. Loudoun County has more unpaved roads than any […]

Great Falls Virginia

8 Great Places to Visit Near Washington DC

Many of my famous, influential, and powerful friends are currently (or will soon be) visiting Washington, D.C. My bestie Prince William is visiting Washington, D.C. today. On Wednesday, December 9, the White House Travel Blogger Summit will cover Study Abroad and Global Citizenship. Yesterday, I saw Johnny Jet and other travel industry celebs at Frequent Traveler University. Social media is buzzing […]

Civil War trench: McCool Travel

American Civil War In My Backyard

Most residents of USA have current or past family members, neighbors, classmates, and friends who served in the military and fought in wars. Today, November 11, we honor American military veterans on Veteran’s Day. There are other observances around the world. It is Remembrance Day in Australia, Canada, and United Kingdom. It is Armistice Day in New Zealand and some […]

Skyline Drive

Skyline Drive Foliage

For our visit last week to Shenandoah National Park and to see the Skyline Drive colors, the leaves were just beginning to turn. One week later, there is more foliage color and much thicker crowds. Instead of driving on 29 south through Warrenton, I decided to try a new route. I drove further west on I-66 to the 17 south exit. It seemed […]