Virginia is known as the "birthplace of the nation". The state (or commonwealth if you prefer) is steeped in American history. Virginia has produced the most US presidents (eight), including four of the first five with Washington, Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe.
Virginia is within a day's drive of 50% of the US population.
Virginia is home to three of the country's top 30 public universities/college. This includes UVA, College of William & Mary, and Virginia Tech.
Virginia is a very geographically diverse state, ranging from the Appalachian Mountains to Virginia Beach.
Wine lovers will enjoy east coast wine country. Virginia has over 200 vineyards, many of which are national award winners. The most popular region is Shenandoah Valley.