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Things to do in Shenandoah + The Blue Ridge Mountains

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Shenandoah + The Blue Ridge Mountains. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Shenandoah + The Blue Ridge Mountains attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Shenandoah + The Blue Ridge Mountains to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Shenandoah + The Blue Ridge Mountains.

  • Barboursville Vineyards

    Pamper your palate tasting the award-winning wines at this winery and hotel, owned by northern Italians; then take in the views of the Blue Ridge M... More
  • Bittersweet

    The Warehouse District shop sells flirty silk tops and Frye boots. More
  • Blue Ridge Music Center

    On summer Saturdays, take in concerts at the outdoor amphitheater. More
  • C&O Bar

    A dimly lit college watering hole. More
  • Calhoun's Country Hams Shop

    For more than 40 years, folks have flocked here for hand-rubbed, air-cured meats. Sandwiches are piled high with silky slices; pick up a bone-in wh... More
  • Charlottesville Pavilion

    The music scene was fertile here B.D.M.B.—that is, before the Dave Matthews Band, which formed in Charlottesville in the early 1990s. These days, a... More
  • Chuck Miller

    Chuck Miller turns corn into Virginia Lightning, using an old family recipe and one of the state’s only legal moonshine stills. More
  • Cross Country International

    Cross Country International, which plans deluxe horseback adventures in Ireland, Peru, and beyond, recently introduced its first trip in Virginia: ... More
  • Feast!

    Artisanal cheese from nearby farms More
  • Floyd Country Store

    Floyd might have a lunch counter, but it’s best known for its music: Friday nights at the Floyd Country Store, a “jamboree” of bluegrass starts at ... More
  • Foggy Ridge Cider

  • Fort Valley Ranch

    Take ahalf-day ride to 2,310-foot Kennedy Peak, overlooking other Blue Ridge peaks to the east. The excursion comes with a brown-bag lunch. More
  • Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park

    A network of self guided tours takes in four key Civil War battlefields. More
  • Gadino Cellars

    Located in Rappahannock County, Virginia, this small, family-run vineyard was founded in 2004. Owned by Bill and Aleta Saccuta Gadino, who began ma... More
  • Gearharts Chocolates

    The shop spikes its ganache bonbons with ancho chile and candied ginger. More

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