Native Americans named the vast valley Shenandoah, meaning “daughter of the stars". This rich valley between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains has been welcoming guests since the 18th century when pioneers stayed to cultivate the land and it became the “Breadbasket” of the Confederacy during the Civil War.
Bound by the City of Winchester in the north and the Natural Bridge to the south, the valley offers visual treats, outdoor recreation, small town charm and state and national park preserves to deliver visitors unforgettable experiences. Deep caverns and cool waterfalls have been drawing visitors since before the birth of our nation. Explore natural phenomena like Luray Caverns with its “Great Stalacpipe Organ. Endless Caverns lives up to its name, since nobody has ever explored it entirely. One modern convenience, the elevator, is part of Shenandoah Caverns. Natural Bridge was discovered by the Monacan Indians and once owned by Thomas Jefferson.
From its scenic beauty along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park to its quaint small towns and lively evening entertainment at the American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriar's Playhouse in Staunton, the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia is truly a special place.
Harrisonburg has become recognized nationally and internationally as a destination for bicyclists by the League of American Bicyclists and International Mountain Bicycling Association. Lexington is home to Virginia Military Institute, the final resting place of Robert E. Lee and the Lexington Horse Center which hosts equestrian, dog agility and many other events.
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