10 Reasons to Visit Virginia's Shenandoah Valley This Fall
Enjoy this guest post written by Amy on this beautiful location in Virginia, USA!
If you are a wine-lover and are looking for the perfect holiday escape where you can enjoy the peace and quiet and the beauty of nature, you should definitely visit Shenandoah Valley this fall.
Whether you are an adventurer or somebody who prefers secluded places, Shenandoah Valley has something to offer to any tourist – from rugged mountain ranges and vineyards to important historical sites and a variety of outdoor activities.
Nicknamed Big Valley, Shenandoah Valley stretches along 200 miles of Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains.
One of the main reasons why anybody should visit the valley during the fall is the beautiful foliage when the rich green slowly shifts into the wonderful spectrum of red colors.
However, there are plenty of other things you can see and do which can help you experience the real atmosphere of this wonderful place.
1. Climb Old Rag Mountain
If you are adventurous looking for some thrill, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to climb the rocky cliffs and steep paths and reach the famous peak of Rag Mountain.
Once you reach the peak, you will enjoy the breathtaking view and feel the huge rush of adrenaline.
Make sure you plan your hiking well, collect all the necessary equipment, and that you are physically able to complete the hike.
2. Visit a Craft Brewery
Shenandoah Valley is quickly making its name in the beer market.
There are many events held throughout the year where you can taste a variety of delicious craft beers.
3. Walk along the Skyline Drive
Skyline drive is the most famous attraction in the Valley and the park’s only public road.
Although the drive may take longer because the crowded travel to it to see the changing colors, it’s worth visiting it as you will have the chance to enjoy a truly remarkable view.
Keep in mind that the road has sharp curves and that you need to drive slowly.
4. Check Out the Luray Caves
Shenandoah Valley is famous for one more natural wonder -numerous caves located underground.
Luray Caverns, the largest and the most popular caves in Eastern America, are crammed with extraordinary formations and wonderful stalagmites that will take your breath away.
The best part is that you can listen to live music created by the world’s only Stalacpipe Organ – a truly unforgettable experience.
5. Visit “Fall into Fun” festival
Chiles Peach Orchard “Fall into fun” festival is the merriment not to be missed.
Here you can indulge your senses by tasting anything from apple cider and apple butter to apple pie or ripe and juicy apples alone.
It’s an apple-themed merriment that you won’t be able to resist.
6. Drink Some wine
Shenandoah Valley is home to award-winning wineries where you can taste some of the most delicious wines in the world.
There are dozens of vineyards and wineries in Shenandoah Valley where you can sample their stock and eat mouth-watering meals outside in the open air.
Pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy a magnificent view of colorful autumn leaves.
7. Visit the 45th Annual Fall Foliage Festival
Fall is a truly remarkable season. With its fantastic and vibrant colors, it inspires many artists to create wonderful works of art.
In Shenandoah Valley, for one whole weekend, the streets are turned into an outdoor art gallery where a myriad of local artisans displays their artworks.
Here, you can find anything from woodworking to jewelry and buy a souvenir or some traditional painting.
8. Go on an Excursion
Shenandoah Valley is also well-known for its remarkable historical sites.
It is the home of four American presidents and their houses are open to the public at any time.
The estates of Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe are all within a two-hour drive of the park.
Also, you may want to visit Berkeley Springs - a historic town with plenty of art galleries and cafes where you can take a break after a historic walking tour of the town.
9. Visit Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah National park is a majestic beauty of nature that should be on any traveler’s list.
Its mesmerizing flora and fauna and 500 miles of trails will leave you breathless. It boasts with a multitude of mammal species, fish species, and transient bird species.
It is also rich in plant species which include red oak, birch and hickory trees and 800 wildflower species including mountain laurel, wild sunflowers, and pink azaleas.
10. Go Back in Time
Step back in time and visit Dinosaur Land – a roadside attraction that will delight the kids.
Fifty life-size dinosaurs made of fiberglass are inviting visitors to enter the world of pre-historic past and feel what it was like when only dinosaurs roamed the Earth.
Entertain yourself and buy lots of gifts for the entire family.
Written by Amy
Amy Chapman – A freelance writer who loves English literature and photography. She is passionate about traveling and often writes about topics she finds practical, interesting and enjoyable. She is into Latin dance and team sports interested in meeting new people and discussing and sharing creative ideas.