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Winchester is a beautiful city located in Virginia, United States. The county seat of Frederick County, Winchester has an area of 9.3 square miles and a population of more than 26,200 residents, according to the 2010 census. Winchester was founded in 1802, although the history of the city starts years before this event. With an impressive history and a great heritage, Winchester is the perfect place to visit for a relaxing vacation. The city is one of the few in the world which hosts some classic restaurants. These are spots which have changed little over the years

5 Things You Must Do in Winchester

Rich in history and natural beauty, Winchester, Virginia is located in the Shenandoah Valley, and is home to numerous historical Civil War sites. Combining the charm of the small town with the depth and importance of a piece of history, Winchester offers beauty and fun for the whole family.

1. Winchester walking tours allow you to experience the area at your own pace: These tours are self-guided, which means you choose the theme (“250 Years of History and Agriculture” or “The Civil War Years), as well as the length of the tour—fast walkers can power through, and slow walkers can mosey.

2. Visit Belle Grove Plantation: This plantation was the site of the Battle of Cedar Creek, as well as the home of a president's sister. Come tour the plantation, unharmed by the civil war that swept through its backyard.

3.The Wagon Wheel Ranch: Fun for the whole family at this cattle ranch. Autumn is the perfect time to visit, and take a hay ride or tour the ranch.

4. Come on down and take part in First Fridays: The first Friday of each month, local art and music is shared in downtown Winchester, in a celebration of the arts that goes all year round.

5. Celebrate the rebirth of spring at the Shenandoah Valley Apple Blossom Festival: If you're in town at the beginning of spring, take in this six day festival featuring parades, dances, fireworks, live music, and Queen Shenandoah.

Top Attractions within Winchester

The Triangle Diner is a great restaurant located on West Gerrard Street. The spot was first built in 1948 and the name of this location is actually inspired by the fact that its dinner sits are placed on a triangular land. Another great restaurant located in Winchester and designed in the 1950s style is the Show White Grill restaurant.

Violino Ristorante Italiano is a wonderful place to eat in while being in Winchester. The Italian food served in this spot is really delicious, while the staff is friendly and attentive. The food here is really inexpensive.

The Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum is a great place to visit during a trip to Winchester. The museum displays a fascinating collection of interactive exhibits, offering visitors the opportunity to experiment, too. The museum perseveres local history and it surely is the best place to visit if you are willing to learn more about Winchester's development.

Winchester Little Theater is a wonderful spot in Winchester. The place is great to visit to attend lovely plays and impressive stage performances. Several shows of all genres are hosted in this location, including comedies, dramas, but also musicals.

The Wilson's Wild Animal Park is located near Winchester, at only a few minutes distance from the city. The park is home to over 200 mammals, birds and reptiles, representing more than 50 impressive species. The natural park is a great family destination, and a spot not to be missed if you are traveling with children.

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