Spring break is just around the corner – yes, already! -- and what better way to spend it than embarking on a scenic road trip to Shenandoah County. Nestled in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, this area is the perfect destination for an unforgettable vacation with your family. As a bonus, it’s an easy drive from major cities like Washington, Baltimore and Philly … which means the answer to “Are we there yet?” is a resounding “Yes!”
As you cruise along the open roads, you'll be surrounded by the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Enjoying the views of the rolling hills and the Shenandoah River make getting there half the fun … and then it only gets better once you arrive. Whether you're a family of outdoor enthusiasts looking for hiking trails and ways to get all that kid energy out, have a history buff teen interested in exploring Civil War sites, or are simply seeking an escape from school and city life, Shenandoah County has it all.
- Continue your road trip with a scenic drive.
- Head underground to Shenandoah Caverns, followed by a walk through the one-of-a-kind American Celebration on Parade. The caverns have an elevator, making this one of the world’s few stroller-accessible cave attractions. The kids will love the cave’s “breakfast bacon” formations.
- Stop by the Route 11 Potato Chip Factory to see how Virginia’s favorite chips are made (and then get some samples, of course!).
- Double dip with Putter’s Sweets and Eatz – mini golf AND ice cream!
- Enjoy even more ice cream and mini golf at Smiley’s Kustard & Family Fun, along with gemstone mining.
- Hit the slopes! It may be the ultimate ski resort in the winter, but once the weather warms up, Bryce Resort offers mountain biking, golf (of all kinds!), scenic lift rides and water activities on Lake Laura. Spring is the best time to be out on the water here.
- Try out duckpin bowling at one of the oldest alleys in the state of Virginia, Shenandoah Bowling Lanes.
- Go on a quick, kid-friendly hike, experiencing the sensory stops at The Lion’s Tale Trail or traveling the interpretive Storybook Trail. The county boasts 178 miles of trails, so there’s an option for every kind of family adventurer.
- Get anything your heart desires at Jon Henry General Store. Stock up on snacks for the trip home, grab some toys to keep the kids busy in the car, or snag a souvenir to memorialize this amazing Spring Break trip.
Time to pack your bags, hit the road and make lasting memories in Shenandoah County!