If you're looking for a college town that offers entertainment and history, don't overlook Virginia. Residents and visitors alike throng to Virginia Beach for summertime fun and nightlife. Or, they head northward to the state capital Richmond and beyond, to the unparalleled cultural and historical attractions of Washington, D.C. In Norfolk, the busy waterfront offers nightclubs, restaurants, and historical tours, and colonial Williamsburg is a haven for American history buffs.
Virginia is home to many public and private universities and colleges. Williamsburg's College of William and Mary is the second-oldest institution of higher education in the country. The beautiful countryside of Charlottesville makes the Jefferson-designed University of Virginia both a tourist attraction and an educational hallmark of excellence. Lexington hosts the campus of Virginia Military Institute.