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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In the valley you can enjoy four seasons of adventure. Spring through fall several outfitters offer a variety of guided trips and rentals for canoeing, rafting, tubing, kayaking and fresh water fishing. Winter sports on the slopes include skiing and snowtubing.
Attractions and Entertainment
You can experience a wide variety of attractions and entertainment venues in the communities surrounding the park. From plays and concerts at the historic Wayne Theatre, Shenandoah Summer Music Festival, Court Square Theater and American Shakespeare Center to live music at Cooter’s in the Valley, the Shenandoah Music Festival and Shenandoah Summer Music Theater, the choices are endless.
The Shenandoah Valley offers miles of trails for horseback riding. From guided rides in national forests and national parks to the quiet rolling waters of a tranquil creek.
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, Skyline 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. 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.
The Shenandoah Valley offers many opportunities to get the kids moving. Favorites include Massanutten Resort , Capon Springs & Farms, Dinosaur Land and the Kid’s Trail. And they can go for a walk on the wild side at Natural Bridge Zoo and 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. For more information about what’s happening in the Shenandoah Valley, visit the websites of nearby towns and cities.