An ideal spot for a history vacation, Fredericksburg, VA, sits on the falls of the Rappahannock River. For Virginia Indians, the falls were a favorite fishing and hunting grounds. To early settlers, the fall line was the colony's first frontier. And for generations to follow, the river brought both prosperity and conflict. Today's Fredericksburg has preserved its memories well. Its large downtown historic district is dotted with Colonial structures and reminders of those who lived and worked here. Its Civil War past is inescapable. A major National Park interprets the battles, and the city still shows its glories and its scars. Make the most of summer with a visit to Lake Anna State Park where the whole family can get back to nature. Whether you spend a weekend in a cabin, drop in for a picnic or spend the day pretending you're back at summer camp, you'll find plenty of ways to retreat from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the world. Fishing and boating on the lake, trails perfect for hiking, biking and horseback riding - you can even tour a gold mine and do a little treasure hunting. Find a shady spot and an inviting stream and you'll enjoy summer in Fredericksburg like never before. The great outdoors is all around you here, with parks and trails giving you quick access to spectacular views and unforgettable experiences. Pay a visit to Government Island to explore a natural park preserve that's also an archaeological site. Enjoy the riverside beach at Aquia Landing Park, a designated site of the National Parks Service National Underground Railroad Network. Paddle your way to happiness on the Rappahannock River, where you can easily put in a canoe or kayak for a relaxing day on the water.