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Editorial: ‘Green’ tourism

“Green” tourism is not only eco-friendly, but in Virginia it also draws in a lot of greenbacks to local businesses.

A newly released National Park Service report shows that in 2017, visitors to Virginia’s national parks spent $1,028,300,000 in the state. That spending resulted in 15,050 jobs and had a cumulative benefit of nearly $1.4 billion. That’s Billion with a B.

Virginia has a lot to offer its national park visitors. For the Civil War buff, there are the Manassas, Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania, Petersburg and Richmond battlefields, as well as Appomattox Court House. For early colonial and Revolutionary War enthusiasts, one has only to look across the York River to the Colonial National Historical Park with its Yorktown battlefield and Historic Jamestowne.

And if history isn’t your thing, there is everything from breathtaking vistas to enjoy along the Blue Ridge Parkway to a full slate of big-name entertainment at Wolf Trap National Park for the Perf...

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