Things To Do
No Limits to Fun in the Shenandoah Valley
Few other regions offer the combination of outdoor adventure, American history, virbrant downtowns and rural charm as the Shenandoah Valley. The problem won't be finding something to do. It'll be finding the time to do so much.
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 andkayaking (class I-III in season, II-III+ during the spring run-off); several outfitters offer a variety of guided trips and rentals. Those willing to brave the colder water of spring will be rewarded with a more challenging big-water experience.
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.
It's your choice: the 105-mile jewel called Skyline Drive; the most-visited unit in the National Park System--the Blue Ridge Parkway; or the historic wonder of the Wilderness Road.
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. In the Shenandoah Valley, it's easy to buy fres and buy local - and meet your farmer too.
About an hour's drive west of Washington, D.C. lies the Shenandoah Valley and some of Virginia’s best wineries. The Shenandoah Valley is emerging as of the country's most exciting new wine producing regions today, with a unique growing climate and exciting varietals. Visit the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail for a listing of vineyards.
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, but look inside the storefronts, and you’ll probably find modern delights: coffee shops, bakeries and wine bars. There is plenty to explore: museums, independent shops, art galleries, farmers markets, and restaurants.
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, politics, and war are told in many ways. The Shenandoah Valley is filled with many local museums and historic societies, Civil War interpretation centers, and house museums.
Virginia's Civil War Trails are located throughout the Valley, as well as many Civil War Battlefields and local museums. This is the anniversary of the famous Stonewall Jackson Valley Campaign. Visit a Civil War Orientation Center, check out a re-enactment, and learn about the breadbasket of the Confederacy as we commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War.
The Shenandoah Valley offers many opportunities to get the kids moving. Favorites include the garden maze at Luray Caverns, Back Home on the Farm pig races, and Hess Corn Maze. Children can learn as they play at the Explore More Discovery Museum or at the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum. Go for a walk on the wild side at Natural Bridge Zoo or the Virginia Safari Park.
With a variety of festivals throughout the year, the Shenandoah Valley is place of music, fun, and celebration. 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.