The Shenandoah Valley and Virginia Mountains regions stretch from Roanoke to Winchester, with so many things to do and see along the way, including the Shenandoah National Park with its spectacular Skyline Drive. Even the kids might appreciate the scenery!
On top of Roanoke's Mill Mountain, off the Blue Ridge Parkway and alongside the famous Roanoke Star, is the Mill Mountain Zoo with 55 species of mammals, birds and reptiles. Kids can ride the ZooChoo train, and families can picnic overlooking the beautiful Roanoke Valley.
The Virginia Museum of Transportation is the official transportation museum for the state, where children can see real diesel, electric and steam locomotives up close, as well as fun model train exhibits. In addition to trains, the museum has antique automobiles, trucks and carriages.
Downtown Roanoke Attractions
North of Roanoke is the Monacan Indian Living History Exhibit at Natural Bridge , the National Historic Landmark near Lexington. Visitors can not only learn about the Monacans, but can help with canoe building, construction of dwellings, fishing and preparing of meals.
Make it a point to also visit the Caverns at Natural Bridge.
From Staunton, North in the Shenandoah Valley
Continuing north to Staunton is the Frontier Culture Museum with its four historic farms and a working blacksmith's forge. Reenactors help create a living illustration of life in Europe before immigration to America at a 1700s German farm, 1700s Scotch-Irish farm, a late 1600s English farm and the American farm of the Valley in 1840-1860.
Check out the Luray Zoo, with the largest collection of reptiles in Virginia as well as other wild creatures.
The string of Shenandoah Valley caverns continues on! See exquisite limestone and calcite formations that have taken thousands of years to develop.
Visit American Celebration on Parade! See floats from famous parades, props and settings from important events in America's entertainment and political history. Children will love the playful animation. One ticket gets visitors into Shenandoah Caverns and the museum!
Nearby, is the Route 11 Potato Chip Factory, open for tours! Learn how these famous chips sprouted up in an old feed store, and be sure to ask for samples!
Last Updated: 8/22/2017