Civil War history and superb scenery abound in this slice of Virginia
An iconic national park and an in-depth look into American history are what you’ll find in this picturesque Virginia valley.
A Living History Book
The Shenandoah Valley covers 200 miles, stretching across the famous Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains. Its history is steeped in the folklore of the pioneers who came to settle and farm the land. Their contributions are honored at places like the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, where living history interpreters, ranging from blacksmiths to farmers, work around 11 historic exhibits at the museum site. History lovers will also discover several sites and museums that honor the war between the states. Highlights include the Virginia Museum of the Civil War, a National Historic Landmark.
Take It Slow and Scenic
Take your pick of designated scenic routes to travel through the Shenandoah Valley. Options include the Blue Ridge Parkway or historic Wilderness Road. Skyline Drive could likely be voted the most popular, because it meanders right through beautiful Shenandoah National Park.
On a clear day, it takes about three hours to go the entire length of the park by traveling on Skyline Drive, rolling north to south right on the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Along the way, take notice of the mileposts designed to help you find points of interests among the wildflowers left to grow unchecked.
There are 75 overlooks providing spectacular views to the west of the Shenandoah Valley and the Piedmont to the east. Look for mountain peaks soaring more than 4,000 feet above sea level. You’ll also find tumbling streams of water plummeting over rock formations to create swiftly moving rapids, eye-pleasing cascades and glorious waterfalls.
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