Take a weekend and visit Shenandoah County in the Shenandoah Valley. Lots of little towns connected by Route 11 Turnpike.
If you’re in the DC Metro area, leave in the late morning to avoid rush hour traffic driving west on 66. Drive directly to Shenandoah Caverns where the price of your caverns ticket will get you into the entire Shenandoah Caverns Family of Attractions including the caverns, American Celebration on Parade (the owner is the largest collector of parade floats and decor in the entire U.S.), Main Street of YesterYear, and Yellow Barn. Right next door is Route 11 Chips factory and walk out with bags of your favorite chips.
Take a short detour and drive thru Meem’s Bottom Covered Bridge, the only VDOT-maintained covered bridge in Virginia that you can still drive through. Finish your evening in New Market with some of the best fried chicken and fried green beans at Southern Kitchen. You can pick a hotel or bed and breakfast or if you desire a stay in the mountains head to Bryce Resort.
On Saturday, drive into the town of Woodstock for a culinary surprise at the Woodstock Garden Cafe, set right in the middle of the Fort Valley Nursery, for some live music, a farmer’s market, and of course, breakfast. After breakfast, drive right around the corner into George Washington National Forest and take the short hike up to Woodstock Tower for gorgeous views of the valley below including all seven bends of the river. The afternoon can be a llama farm, pottery studio, or a stop at a winery. Then it is off to the Family Drive In.
Sleep in after your late night at the theater then head to Bryce Resort for a morning of fun and adventure. Bryce offers so many options for the family with kids of various ages. From a stroller walk around the lake to ziplining and climbing the rock wall to enjoying their first experience at golf. There is even a mini golf course all ages including ‘Nana’ can enjoy. Plus for the teenagers and Dad maybe, there is the Mountain Bike Park.
Explore underground caverns at Shenandoah Caverns, hike to breath-taking vistas, float the Shenandoah River, or get your adrenaline pumping while zip lining or biking at Bryce Resort.
Last Updated: 06/16/2016