Visit the Valley
When was the last time your flight took off or landed amongst the mountains? Flying with SHD gives our passengers a bird’s eye view of the Shenandoah Valley’s scenic landscape as you land in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Once you’ve landed, it’s time to get out and explore the Shenandoah Valley’s array of attractions.
Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah National Park, named the top bucket-list destination in Virginia by Forbes, is a must-see. This breathtaking national park is famous for its incredible mountain views, cascading waterfalls, wildflower fields, black bear sightings, and more. Hike to the top of a mountain for a rewarding view of the entire valley. Or take it easy on Skyline Drive and discover why it’s hailed as “the prettiest drive in America.”
The Shenandoah Valley has hundreds of miles of trails for hiking and biking in and around the national park. The region is a nationally recognized cycling destination, and one of our towns was recognized by National Geographic as “One of America’s 20 Best Mountain Biking Towns.” If hiking and biking aren’t your thing the Valley also offers kayaking, horseback riding, rock climbing, skiing, cavern tours, and even apple picking. The Valley offers endless opportunities to get outside and have fun.
Food & Drink
The Valley is home to world-class restaurants, Virginia’s first Culinary District, a famous bakery featured in Vogue, authentic diverse cuisine, and of course, brews. Foodies and picky eaters can delight in the Valley’s food scene, offering a range of enticing options to please any palate. Fans of wine and beer can rejoice in the Valley’s many vineyards, distilleries, and breweries, including the Bold Rock Cidery and Devil’s Backbone brewery.
Photo by Lindsey Walters & courtesy of American Shakespeare Company. Photo features John Harrell in Julius Caesar.
Arts & Culture
Fall in love with Shakespeare at the worlds’ only recreation of his famed Globe Theatre; the American Shakespeare Center performs Shakespeare’s works with a talent The Washington Post describes as “shamelessly entertaining.” The Valley also boasts many other renowned performance venues, as well as art galleries, and music and cultural festivals throughout the year.
The Valley is the perfect destination for family-friendly activities. From unbeatable outdoor recreation opportunities to the Virginia Safari Park, Explore More Discovery Museum (featuring an aviation exhibit!), gardens and arboretums, Massanutten Waterpark , and more. Shenandoah Valley makes it easy to get out and explore with the whole family.
The Shenandoah Valley is steeped in rich history from the Civil War, Colonial times, and even earlier. Explore the Valley’s Civil War museums and historical sites, Presidential Library, Frontier Culture Museum, and even our Quilt Museum. But of course, the oldest elements of the Valley are our beautiful mountains.
Find out more about what makes the Shenandoah Valley a great place to visit, live, work, and play from our local tourism and economic development partners.