Great photography is but a click away almost anywhere in the Shenandoah Valley. Landscapes, people, vistas, closeups, action—just about any setting you can dial into on your camera will capture something memorable. Below, we offer 10 suggestions we think will make anyone’s Instagram account look good. (There may be thousands more.) All description are positioned below the photo.
Confluence at Harpers Ferry—In 1783, Thomas Jefferson stood over the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers and later wrote, “The passage of the Patowmac through the Blue ridge is perhaps one of the most stupendous in nature. This scene is worth a voyage across the Atlantic.” (Photo courtesy National Park Service)
Shenandoah River/Andy Guest State Park — One of the most treasured photos in the Valley is a view of the Shenandoah River with Blue Ridge Mountains in the background. (Photo courtesy Go Blue Ridge Travel)
Luray Caverns— Virtually any location at Luray Caverns, like the Stalacpipe Organ, guarantees a memorable photo.
Meems Bridge in Shenandoah County — One of Virginia’s most-loved structures is the 204-foot Meem’s Bottom Covered Bridge in Mount Jackson. Built in 1892-93, this long span over the North Fork of the Shenandoah River carried traffic for more than 80 years before being burned by vandals on Halloween 1976. It was rebuilt and reopened to traffic in 1979. (Photo courtesy Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley)
Little Stony Man Cliffs is just one of Shenandoah National Park’s many great vistas. (Photo by Neal Lewis, NPS)
Dark Hollow Falls—Pretty easy accessibility and its never-failing beauty make this one of the most popular sites to photograph in Shenandoah National Park. (Photo by Neal Lewis, NPS)
Old Rag—This view of Old Rag Mountain from Pinnacles Overlook is a longstanding favorite. (Photo by Katy Cain, NPS)
Big Meadows—Night Sky programs at Big Meadows (Shenandoah National Park) allow some of the best views of the Milky Way in North America. (photo courtesy Greg Redfern)
Natural Bridge— Once revered by the Monacan Indians, surveyed by George Washington, and owned by Thomas Jefferson the awe-inspiring Natural Bridge has been an important Virginia tourist attraction since the 18th Century. Photo courtesy Sarah Hauser, VTC)
McAfee Knob–Often called “one of the most photographed spot on the Appalachian Trail, McAfee Knob never disappoints. Closer to Roanoke than the Shenandoah Valley, it’s well worth a short detour.
Banner photo of Big Schloss in Shenandoah County, courtesy Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley