Shenandoah Valley

Shenandoah Valley

The Big Valley

The Shenandoah Valley stretches 200 miles across the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains. It's been nicknamed "The Big Valley" and immortalized in song, dance, film and television.

The history and heritage of the region includes many sites devoted to the pioneers who traveled westward, settled and farmed - those like the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton and Cyrus McCormick's Farm in Raphine. He invented the first reaper!

During the Civil War this region was nicknamed "The Breadbasket of the Confederacy." In Lexington, visit Virginia Military Institute and Washington & Lee University - where Gen. Robert E. Lee served as president after the war and where the Lee Chapel & Museum is located. See battlefields - New Market Battlefield State Park and Fisher's Hill Battlefield.

The Roanoke Valley is conveniently located off Interstate 81 and the Blue Ridge Parkway at the southern tip of the Shenandoah Valley. Surrounded by scenic beauty, the Roanoke region is a perfect destination for visitors wanting a little of everything in a Blue Ridge mountain getaway. Experience our railroad heritage, take in the arts and culture, shop, eat and enjoy the wealth of outdoor recreation in the heart of our breathtaking mountains.

Another historical site of the region is the Birthplace of President Woodrow Wilson.

Outdoor Wonderland

The Shenandoah Valley features picture-perfect postcard farms and inns along country roads and the popular Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway. One of the natural wonders of this world is the Natural Bridge. Be sure to visit the region's many caverns, which include Luray, with the only stalacpipe organ, and Shenandoah, with an elevator to take you underground!

If you're interested in the great outdoors, you'll love the hiking trails, paddle sports and horseback riding in the Blue Ridge Mountains, too!

One beautiful Valley overlook you can't miss is the Roanoke Star on Mill Mountain above Roanoke. At 100' tall, it's a nod to Roanoke being called the "Star City of the South."

Three popular resorts are in the Shenandoah Valley: Bryce, The Omni Homestead Resort and Massanutten, which offer year-around activities. And don't forget the beautiful Shenandoah National Park with its portion of the Appalachian Trail and two resorts, too!

You'll be singing "Oh, Shenandoah!" when you arrive and experience this magnificent "Big Valley" for yourself.


Shenandoah Valley Experiences


Family Fun in the Shenandoah Valley

From Roanoke to Winchester, there are 200-miles worth of awesome things to do. Even the kids might appreciate the scenery!

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Music in the Shenandoah Valley

Tune in to bluegrass, chamber music, a wealth of musical festivals, and more, all in the Shenandoah Valley.

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Getaway to Shenandoah National Park

Five hundred miles of trails, including 100 miles of the Appalachian Trail, await you in Shenandoah National Park on Skyline Drive.

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