United States Route 11 runs north to south through the Shenandoah Valley, parallel to Interstate 81, from Clear Brook on the West Virginia line to Bristol on the Tennessee line. It's a fantastic route that gets you out of traffic and into some of Virginia's beautiful small towns. From the top to the bottom, here are just a few ideas for stops along this historic path between the mountains.

Sights & Stops in Winchester

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Sights & Stops in Stephens City and Middletown

Sights & Stops in Strasburg and Edinburg


Sights & Stops in Mount Jackson and New Market

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Sights & Stops in Harrisonburg


Sights & Stops in Staunton

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Sights & Stops in Steele's Tavern

Sights & Stops in Lexington


Sights & Stops in Natural Bridge


Sights & Stops in Buchanan

Sights & Stops in RoanokeTaubman Museum of Art

Sights & Stops in Salem

Sights & Stops in Christiansburg and Radford

Sights & Stops in Wytheville & Marion

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Log House Restaurant

Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum

Williams Orchard

General Francis Marion Hotel

Dip Dog Stand

Sights & Stops in Chilhowie & Abingdon

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Riverfront Cafe

The Tavern

Barter Theatre

The Martha Hotel & Spa

Sights & Stops in Bristol


Burger Bar (off the beaten path)

Birthplace of Country Music Museum (off the beaten path)

The Sessions Hotel

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