VTC celebrating Great Outdoors Month in Va.

6/12/2013, 12:08 p.m.

— Ready to celebrate the shared natural resources and benefits that outdoor recreation and active lifestyles provide?

June, recently proclaimed as the "Great Outdoors Month" is a great time to explore the many scenes Virginia offers. From the coastal serenity of the Eastern Shore to the rugged terrain of the Appalachian Mountains, Virginia has an abundance of natural beauty for outdoor lovers to enjoy, making it an ideal place for people looking to unplug, unwind and spend quality time together in the great outdoors, according to the Virginia Tourism Corporation.

Virginia’s 22 national parks, including Shenandoah National Park and Great Falls National Park, 35 award-wining Virginia State Parks and dozens of Natural Area Preserves, State Forests and Wildlife Management Areas offer respites for outdoor lovers to escape to this June for Virginia Great Outdoors Month.

“We have it all in Virginia –- hiking along the Appalachian Trail, leisurely rides or walks along Virginia’s Rails-to-Trails, long-distance singletrack mountain biking on the new 480-mile Virginia Mountain Bike Trail, and even urban whitewater rafting in Richmond” said Rita McClenny, president and CEO of the Virginia Tourism Corporation. “We are fortunate that Virginia has plentiful natural resources that have been protected and well preserved for residents and visitors of all skill levels and interests to enjoy.”

Virginia Tourism Corporation is celebrating Virginia’s natural resources with a Virginia Great Outdoors Month promotion featuring an outdoor-themed travel sweepstakes, backpack giveaways, travel packages, deals, itineraries and outdoor events.

A total of 18 prizes will be awarded during Virginia Great Outdoors Month. Three grand prize outdoor getaways will be awarded and outdoor enthusiasts who also love social media will have additional chances to win.