Fun Things to Do in Shenandoah Valley On a Summer Road Trip!

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We’ve just discovered a new mountain region to love in the Southeast: Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, home of Shenandoah National Park, the famous Skyline Drive, the spectacular Luray Caverns, and cute small Virginia towns.

Stunning views along Skyline Drive

This richly fertile region lends itself to getaways that encompass outdoor adventures, scenic viewpoints, farm to table experiences, family-owned wineries and breweries, and U-Pick farms.

It’s the 2021 unplug-to-reconnect experience you now seek.

We recently took a five-day family road trip here to kick off our summer and discover many of the fun things to do in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, in partnership with Visit Virginia.

Where is the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia?

things to do in shenandoah valley
Exploring Shenandoah National Park

The Shenandoah Valley is sandwiched between the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and the Alleghenies to the West.

It stretches approximately 200-miles from Harpers Ferry, West Virginia to Roanoke, Virginia and is about two hours west of Washington D.C.

In between these two mountain ranges, and rising up from the Shenandoah Valley floor, is the 50-mile long, 6-mile wide Massanutten Mountain Range, which is home to the massive and popular Massanutten Resort, which was our home base for our trip. (See below)

History buffs will also love to know that the Shenandoah Valley was once considered the American Frontier and played a crucial role in the American Civil War.

Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park
Gorgeous scenery

When researching what to do in Shenandoah Valley VA, the highlight for many visitors will be the spectacular Shenandoah National Park.

Opened in 1935, the park encompasses nearly 200,000 acres along the Blue Ridge Mountains to enjoy with dozens of waterfalls, 500-miles of hiking trails through lush forests, and 75 scenic overlooks of mountain vistas.

Driving through Shenandoah NP
Driving through Shenandoah NP

A long stretch of the famous Appalachian Trail winds through Shenandoah National Park.

We were disappointed we didn’t have more time and have bookmarked it for a return visit so we can hike and camp in this beautiful US national park. 

Here’s what we did.

Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park

Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park

Of course, we took the National Scenic Byway to Massanutten Resort.

The Skyline Drive catches the baton at the end of the Blue Ridge Parkway and runs through the entire 105-mile length of the Shenandoah Valley National Park on the crest of the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s one of the USA’s best scenic drives in the USA.

Be prepared for endless viewpoints over the Shenandoah Valley, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the Massanutten Mountain Range. Plan your drive well to incorporate hikes, picnic spots, best viewpoints, and lodges.

There are viewpoints every couple of miles. Despite the beauty of each overlook, you can quickly catch fatigue, so plan your stops well on either side of the road as the views are different.

Shenandoah National Park

The East is more mountainous with lush forest, the West more mountains with expansive views of the Shenandoah Valley.

Some notable viewpoints: Range View Overlook (one of the best views of the northern section of the park), South River Overlook (great for sunrise), Baldface Mountain Overlook, and Moormans River Overlook.

Driving the Skyline Drive is one of the top things to do in Shenandoah National Park. Here’s a great post I used with information on the different overlooks.

You can read more in our post on the scenic Skyline Drive.

Dark Hollow Falls Trail

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