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Things to do in Shenandoah + The Blue Ridge Mountains

Whether you’re nature-inclined or not, there are plenty of great things to do in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Outdoorsmen and women will find that the mountain range is home to some of the highest peaks in the eastern United States, so rock climbing types and mountaineers will have no problem finding adventure. Alternatively, those who prefer to leave the ropes and carabiners at home, but still want to explore the area, will find that Blue Ridge Mountains are teeming with well-maintained hiking and walking trails, many of which feature unrivaled views of the region. If you’re more interested in learning about the culture of the area, why not visit places like the Taubman Museum in Roanoke, VA, which houses a wonderful collection of Appalachian art or the Galax, VA’s Blue Ridge Music Center, which is committed to cataloguing and preserving the work of the region’s many homegrown musician. During the summer, the Music Center also hosts concert series featuring local musicians. And finally, those looking for things to do in the Blue Ridge Mountains should consider packing gear and spending a few days camping out in the Shenandoah National Park. While there drive along the park’s famous Skyline Drive and see the many waterfalls, wildlife and natural structures that make the Blue Ridge Mountains so unique.

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    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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