Visit Virginia's Shenandoah Valley

Enjoy a scenic, peaceful getaway amid mountain towns, historic sites and great restaurants

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Shenandoah Valley of Virginia
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Charming mountain towns are connected by scenic roads
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Beautiful rolling hills of the Shenandoah Valley
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Find plenty of options for outdoor adventure any time of year
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Waynesboro, Virginia
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Many people know the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia as a peaceful and scenic destination for a weekend getaway. It’s all of that and more.

With world-class outdoor adventuresauthentic mountain towns, underground caverns, delicious dining, fascinating historic sites and more, today’s Shenandoah Valley is a premier vacation spot for families.

The Shenandoah Valley begins at the top of Virginia and is approximately 140 miles long, with the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and the Allegheny Mountains to the west. Before the rest of the continent was explored, the Shenandoah Valley was considered the American frontier. Many years later, the region would play a crucial role in the American Civil War. 

A Rich History

The turmoil and triumphs of the region’s rich history have been preserved in many museums and sites all across the Shenandoah Valley. It can also be seen in the character and architecture of its cities and towns. The unique history of the Shenandoah Valley makes it the authentic and amazing place that it is today.

The Shenandoah Valley will forever be associated with Shenandoah National Park. Opened in 1935, the park encompasses nearly 200,000 acres along the Blue Ridge Mountains. A prominent feature of the park is Skyline Drive, which becomes the Blue Ridge Parkway at the southern end of the park. The park can be accessed through the quaint Shenandoah Valley towns of Waynesboro, Luray and Front Royal.

Scenic Drives & Trails

Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway are recognised as two of the most popular scenic drives in America. They both offer stunning views and a peaceful experience, as commercial trucks are not allowed on either road. While they are certainly the most famous byways in the Shenandoah Valley, they are certainly not the only scenic drives. Quiet back roads meander throughout the valley connecting towns, farms, wineries and more. Scenic drives through the Shenandoah Valley are very popular with bikers and motorcyclists.

Keep in mind that scenic roads are not the only way to get around the Shenandoah Valley. There are hiking trails that range from an easy stroll in the woods to multi-day excursions. The famous Appalachian Trail winds through the region, including a long stretch within Shenandoah National Park. There are also plenty of options to float through the Shenandoah Valley. Canoes and kayaks offer a refreshing way to experience the beauty of the valley and possibly spot local wildlife on the James, Maury, Middle and Shenandoah rivers, just to name a few.

From a leisurely walk in the woods to a multi-day backpacking trip, hiking trails can be found throughout the region, including the famous Appalachian Trail. Mountain biking and road cycling are very popular. The cities and towns in the Shenandoah Valley are truly biker-friendly.

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