To vacationers used to the pace of big cities like New York and San Francisco or the glitz of Caribbean cruises, Abingdon, VA may appear to be a sleepy little town. However, there is much to see and do. Abingdon has been named "American Dream Town" for 2006 because of its pride in its heritage and its efforts to attract both tourists and new residents. Chartered in 1778, Abingdon was a major city in its day as the gateway to the frontier. At the turn of the century it was known for refined living and the cultural arts. Today that glorious past is revived under the slogan "Arts of Historic Proportions."
Abingdon has something for all tastes. There is a 20-block historic district which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In fact, some of the oldest buildings west of the Blue Ridge Mountains are right here in Abingdon. The Barter Theatre, the State Theater of Virginia, presents professional productions on two stages. Other arts are alive and well too through the William King Regional Arts Center and Arts Depot; galleries and arts shops are plentiful as are antiques shops. Hiking and biking as well as camping are possible in the nearby Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, South Holston Lake, and Virginia Creeper Trail, which is part of the rails-to-trails conversion project.
Abingdon is perfect for a girls weekend, a romantic getaway, Senior tourists, active families, and history buffs.