While living in Virginia, I loved birding in the Outer Banks, getting up-close and personal with bears and venomous snakes near Dismal Swamp (yes, you read that correctly), taking in the views at Shenandoah, and of course having the pleasure and honor of working for NASA Langley.
The Atlantic beaches are loaded with colorful shells, delightful crabs, miles of smooth sand, and scores of shorebirds playing keepaway with the waves. The nearby mountains are older, more weathered, and therefore smoother than those of the west, so the sweeping mountain views are more peaceful and gentle, rather than rugged and exhilarating. The roasted peanuts are to die for, the farm stands dotting the roadways have a delicious array of produce, they had the best Scottish store I've ever found, and there are a wealth of historical sites all around.
Every state and every region has countless unique treasures. This photo reminds me of all of the treasures I found along the eastern seaboard, and so many fond memories are rushing back to me.