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Shenandoah National Park

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    Just 75 miles from the bustle of Washington, D.C., Shenandoah National Park is your escape to recreation and re-creation showcasing cascading waterfalls, spectacular vistas and quiet wooded hollows.

    • Shenandoah National Park Sunset at Overlook

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    • Incredible Vistas

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    • Horse Riding in Shenandoah National Park

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    • Shenandoah's Highest Point

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    • Journey Through Hallowed Ground, Shenandoah Valley

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    Just 75 miles from the bustle of Washington, D.C., Shenandoah National Park is your escape to recreation and re-creation showcasing cascading waterfalls, spectacular vistas and quiet wooded hollows.

    Skyline Drive runs 105 miles north and south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park and is the only public road through the park offering beautiful overlooks and designed to give you spectacular views. Deer, black bear, wild turkey, and a host of other woodland animals call Shenandoah home and regularly cross Skyline Drive in their daily travels.

    On foot or by bike you will have a vast choice of hiking and biking trails adapted to your capabilities. Each trails difficulty is determined by a numerical rating. Old Rag is Shenandoah's most popular and most dangerous hike.

    Shenandoah National Park contains over 70 mountain streams. Fishing opportunities are abundant but are also regulated in order to preserve and protect fish resources.

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    • Top Tip 1

      Include at least one night staying in Shenandoah National Park because there are lots of lookout points, amphitheatre presentations (including a fabulous one about Birds of Prey) and trails to explore. Skyland Lodge makes a great selection as it has its own stables and offers horse trail rides in the warmer months.

    • Top Tip 2

      Colonial Williamsburg is a brilliantly restored 18th century town where actors, who are dressed in costumes from the era, bring the village to life. Before you travel, book a table at one of the three taverns for dinner. Its very popular, and rightly so, as everyone is in costume and you are entertained by showmen of the day, such as mandolin players and card tricksters. Williamsburg Lodge and Williamsburg Inn are the only hotels close by, located just a 5 minute walk from the town

    • Top Tip 3

      Make sure you include a visit to Luray Caverns on your itinerary, it is a must see! It's incredible that a cavern of such colossal size could be hidden deep underground - it takes almost an hour to walk through and features an underground reflecting lake.

    • Top Tip 4

      If you are visiting Middleburg, make plans to dine at The Red Fox Inn, an old tavern established in 1728 which maintains its historic charm and serves fabulous cuisine. Book ahead as it is always fully-booked!

    • Top Tip 5

      Virginia is becoming known for its fabulous quality wines. There are lots of vineyards dotted around the state, but The Boxwood Winery on the outskirts of Middleburg is one of our favourites, providing tours and sampling

    • Top Tip 6

      Downtown Charlottesville is split into two distinct sections: the town which houses shops and restaurants, and the college campus which is simply a beautiful area to walk, whilst being surrounded by ornate buildings commissioned by Thomas Jefferson. Montecello, the mountaintop home of Jefferson, is located 10 minutes out of town and an integral part of any visit to Charlottesville.

    • Top Tip 7

      If you like being out on the water, why not hire a kayak from Virginia Beach and head out searching for the wild native dolphins.

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