The Best Shenandoah Valley Attractions

While staying with us at The Inn at Vaucluse Spring, make sure you get out and explore all that Shenandoah Valley has to offer. There are many things to do in Shenandoah Valley that are worth seeing. Explore the amazing historic caverns, take a scenic drive along Skyline Drive, or take a thrilling hot air balloon ride to see Shenandoah Valley from a different perspective. If it’s relaxation you’re seeking, there are also several day spas in the area worth visiting to unwind during your vacation. At night, you can catch a show at one of the many cinemas and theaters in Shenandoah.

See our list below for all best Shenandoah Valley attractions.

Caverns

Luray Caverns

Luray, VA  | (540) 743-6551

Bills itself as East’s largest and most popular, with 10-story high ceilings, pools, and a “stalacpipe” organ.  It really is worth a visit. Admission includes a visit to the Car and Carriage Museum. Entrance to the one-acre half-mile arborvitae maze is an additional charge.  Open daily year round.

Skyline Caverns

Front Royal, VA   | (800) 296-4545

Located right at the Front Royal entrance to Skyline Drive, this show cave features three underground streams, a 37-foot waterfall, and rare formations called anthodites, the “orchids of the mineral kingdom”.  Open daily, year round.

Drives

Skyline Drive

North Entrance:  Front Royal, VA

(540) 999-3500

This 105-mile long scenic highway follows the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains through the Shenandoah National Park.  Built during the Great Depression, it features beautiful stonework in its 75 overlooks and the Mary’s Rock Tunnel. This is leisurely driving — the 35 mph speed limit is about all you would want to do anyway — and you don’t want to skip the overlooks.  Open year round, weather permitting. If in doubt, call number above for current road conditions in the park.

Fort Valley

George Washington National Forest – North Entrance:  Waterlick, VA

This is the proverbial “hidden valley” with lovely farms cradled by mountains on either side, unspoiled by development.  The highlight is a drive up from the valley to the Woodstock Tower, a 1935 observation tower offering views of the Shenandoah Valley and the seven bends of the Shenandoah River.  Check with us for a map.

Day Spas

Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa

Winchester, VA | (540) 508-0536

Variety of massage types including hot stone and couples massages. Open daily.

Mane Attraction Salon & Wellness Spa

Winchester, VA

(540) 667-0180

Full-service salon & spa, including massages for two.

Performing Arts

Shenandoah Conservatory

Winchester, VA |  (540) 665-4569

Several fantastic performances take place throughout the year at the theater on Shenandoah University’s campus. Check out their calendar of events now to find out what you have to look forward to.

Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre

Winchester, VA | (540) 665-4569

Also on Shenandoah University campus, the theater puts on a variety of fun shows throughout the summer season. Most are free and open to the public.

In the Air

Balloons Unlimited

Aldie, VA | (703) 327-0444

Available year round, weather permitting.

Blue Ridge Hot Air Balloons

Front Royal, VA | (540) 622-6325

An exciting way to see the Shenandoah Valley.

At the Movies

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Winchester, VA | (540) 313-4060

First-run movies. Wide selection of beers (wine also available), appetizers, sandwiches, pizzas, salads.

Family Drive-In

Stephens City | (540) 665-6982

Two screens, built in 1957, show first-run movies.  April through December. Open nightly between Memorial Day and Labor Day; weekends-only during shoulder seasons.

Recently rated “one of the ten best drive-in theatres” in the country.

And More…

Burwell-Morgan Mill

Millwood, VA | (540) 955-2600

Restored 1785 mill is the oldest operable merchant mill in the Shenandoah Valley.  Open May through October, Thursday through Sunday. Operates (grinds) on Saturdays and most major holidays.

State Arboretum of Virginia

Boyce, VA | (540) 837-1758

700-Acre research facility and state arboretum displays over 8,000 trees and shrubs.  Our favorite is the open meadow loop of the Virginia Native Plant Trail.

For lots of helpful information in planning your trip to Virginia, request a free copy of our Shenandoah Valley Vacation Guide!