Lynchburg hotels put you in proximity of more than 40 sites on the National Register of Historic Places, among them the Old City Cemetery, established in 1806. The 27-acre site is the resting place for more than 20,000 people and today includes five museums. Within driving distance of Lynchburg hotels are Appomattox Court House National Historic Park, the site of the key battle and subsequent surrender of the Confederate army that ended the Civil War; and Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson's private retreat home during his retirement. Learn more about the region's rich heritage at the Lynchburg Museum, which tells the stories of Monacan tribes, Quaker settlers, and tobacco farmers, among others. If you are a fan of the outdoors, explore the natural beauty of Lynchburg along some of the 6.5-mile Millennium Trail. You'll cross a bridge onto Percival's Island on the James River and see an abandoned railroad tunnel. Another popular hiking destination is Crabtree Falls, the longest waterfall east of the Mississippi River. Traveling with kids? Take them to Amazement Square, an award-winning, hands-on children's museum downtown.
Lynchburg has restaurants representing many cuisines, with options ranging from tapas to hibachi. The downtown riverfront area has a number of fine restaurants, including elegant bistros with live music, steakhouses, and a fire-roasted pizza joint. You can also tour and taste samples at a microbrewery downtown. Grab a "locavore" lunch at Lynchburg Community Market, which is open Tuesdays through Saturdays. The Virginia wine country, including six wineries on the Bedford Wine Trail, is within reach of hotels in Lynchburg. Tour the wineries, enjoy samples, and purchase a bottle to enjoy back at your hotel.
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