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Choose Your Adventure

Shenandoah National Park is just one of the treasures of our region. Stay a little longer, and take in river rafting, caverns, vineyards, horseback riding, farmer's markets, museums, entertainment and more...

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Outdoor Recreation

In the Valley, enjoy four seasons of adventure - hiking, canoeing, rafting, cycling, mountain biking, fresh water fishing, skiing, and golf.  The Shenandoah River is a popular river for canoeing, river tubing, and white-water recreation such as rafting and kayaking and several outfitters offer a variety of guided trips and rentals.

Caverns and Rock Formations

Naturally formed landmarks are part of the incredible landscape found in the Valley. The limestone throughout the Valley is honeycombed with caves. Special underground attractions include Luray Caverns , Shenandoah Caverns and Grand Caverns. Virginia's Natural Bridge is 30 stories of solid rock.

Farms, Markets and Orchards

The Shenandoah Valley’s pastoral beauty is renowned. With a rich farming legacy, the valley is home to four of the top five agricultural producing counties in Virginia. Around here, farming is still a family affair.

Vineyards, Breweries and Cider

About an hour's drive west of Washington, D.C. lies the Shenandoah Valley and some of Virginia’s best wineries, breweries and cideries. The Shenandoah Valley is emerging as one of the country's most exciting wine, beer and cider-producing regions today, with a unique growing climate and exciting varietals. .

Charming, Historic Downtowns

Don’t miss the historic downtown communities in the Shenandoah Valley, which delight visitors with old-fashioned hospitality and charm, not to mention a lively arts and dining scene. Many of the area’s downtowns are listed as state and national historic districts.  Historic architecture lines the streets, like the historic Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro. And look inside the storefronts and you’ll probably find modern delights: coffee shops, bakeries and wine bars. 

History, Culture & Museums

The beautiful and historic Shenandoah Valley is bounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and the Allegheny Mountains to the west. In the Valley, stories of pioneer settlement, farming, and culture are told in many ways at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley.  Virginia's Civil War Trails are located throughout the valley, as well as many Civil War battlefields, local museums and historic societies. Check out a re-enactment and learn about the breadbasket of the Confederacy.

Family Fun

The Shenandoah Valley offers many opportunities to get the kids moving. Favorites include Massanutten Resort , Dinosaur Land and the Kid's Trail. And they can go for a walk on the wild side at Virginia Safari Park.

Festivals and Events

With a variety of festivals throughout the year, the Shenandoah Valley is a place of music, fun, and celebration. One of the newest valley events - Cooter's Last Stand - in Luray is a fun-filled day of live entertainment and food. Some of the major festivals are listed on our website – for more information about what’s happening near you, visit the websites of nearby towns and cities.                

Did You Know?

The National Park Service turned 100 in 2016.