This richly fertile region is perfect for outdoor adventures, scenic viewpoints, farm-to-table dining experiences, family-owned wineries and breweries to explore, and U-Pick farms.

We took a five-day family road trip here to kick off our summer vacation and discovered many top attractions in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, in partnership with Visit Virginia.

Things to Do in Shenandoah National Park

If you’re looking to find out what to do in Shenandoah and need help planning your itinerary, don’t sweat, because this guide will tell you everything you need to know.

Explore Downtown Luray

Spend time exploring the small downtown area and peruse a few local stores. The 2-mile Hawksbill Greenway trail runs alongside Hawksbill Creek and through town. There are places to dip your feet in to cool off from the summer heat.

Smell the Lavendar at White Oak Lavender Farm and Purple Wolf Vineyard

The lavender farm has beautiful gardens you can wander around (for a small fee) that include farm animals, reflection chairs, and a labyrinth.

Go Peach Picking at Chiles Peach Orchard

Just near the southern entrance to the Shenandoah Valley National Park is the Chiles Peach Orchard. The fields of pick-your-own-fruit (peaches, blueberries, and strawberries) are surrounded by beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Try Craft Beer at Blue Mountain Brewery

With its mountain setting, full-service restaurant, and a large selection of craft beers you can see why it’s a favorite. They also have their own cider: pear and apple flavor, which I enjoyed.

Go Wine Tasting at Veritas Vineyards and Winery

Veritas Vineyards and Winery is close to Blue Mountain Brewery (and many other wineries) and your perfect introduction to Virginia wines. It’s an elegant, yet homely vineyard started on a simple horse and cattle farm in 1999 by Andrew and Patricia Hodson.

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