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Family Adventure Shenandoah

Explore nature, history, and local culture on a 4-day trip through Shenandoah.

Is your travel bug itching for a getaway? Summer is the perfect time to get out and explore Virginia with your family. The approximately 140-mile-long Shenandoah Valley is a year-round favorite for locals and tourists alike. Subterranean caves, stunning rock formations, rugged mountains, and rushing waterfalls are just a few of this area’s natural wonders. It’s no surprise that children and adults alike love visiting Shenandoah!

This region’s rich history, art, and architecture have also been well-preserved in the cities and towns surrounding the Shenandoah Valley making them popular destination spots for visitors. Whether you are an outdoor adventurer, U.S. history buff, or antique shopping aficionado there’s something for everyone! So, pack up the family and head out for a four-day driving trip through some of the most popular local hotspots and natural attractions around Shenandoah Valley.

Charlottesville

Road trip! First stop, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville. Visitors can tour the original house, which has been restored and authentically furnished to its appearance circa 1809. Children and leashed dogs are welcome to explore the grounds of this 5,000-acre plantation. Grab lunch at Monticello’s Farm Table, which serves sustainability raised, locally sourced food. Check into Quirk Charlottesville, then stroll through the historic Downtown Mall. There are street performers, shops, and restaurants along Main Street.

Quirk Charlottesville: quirkhotels.com/hotels/charlottesville

Monticello: monticello.org

Lexington

It’s time to head to Lexington, a walkable town steeped in history and culture. After dropping your bags off at The Georges hotel, grab a burger and shake for lunch at Pure Eats. Next, visit Natural Bridge State Park. Its 215-foot tall Natural Bridge, a limestone gorge carved out by Cedar Creek that was once owned by Thomas Jefferson, is breathtakingly beautiful. Refresh back at your hotel before going to dinner at The Red Hen.

The Georges: thegeorges.com

Natural Bridge State Park: dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/natural-bridge

Lexington

After breakfast at Lexington Coffee Shop, go to Twin Rivers Outfitters for kayaking, canoeing, tubing, and paddle adventures on the Upper James River. Horseshoe Bend to Buchanan is a favorite 9-mile trip with class I and II rapids. Alternately, try their more leisurely 1.5-mile tubing trip. Recharge with lunch at The Palms or Niko’s Grille. Then, explore the town by carriage ride from Lexington Carriage Company. Complete the day with dinner at Haywood’s.

Twin Rivers Outfitters: canoevirginia.net

Lexington Carriage Company: lexcarriage.com

Farmville

Last day of vacation, but it’s not time to go home yet! Once you check out, drive to Farmville for a worthwhile detour. Eat lunch at Bandidos Tacos & Cantina, then stop by Green Front Furniture for some shopping. Alternately, cycling enthusiasts love High Bridge Trail State Park’s smooth surface, 31-mile trail. Rent bikes from The Outdoor Adventure Store or bring your own. After leaving Farmville town limits, Midlothian is only an hour drive away.

The Outdoor Adventure Store: theoutdooradventurestore.com

High Bridge: visitfarmville.com/high-bridge

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