There’s so much history, culture and natural beauty in our region, you’ll never run out of things to do in Shenandoah Valley. There are a few highlights, though, that you should consider must-see. Even if you’ve been before, many of these things to do in Shenandoah Valley are worth doing again and again.
No matter how many times you’ve visited Monticello, there’s always something new to see and experience. Jefferson’s vision is very much alive and constantly being reevaluated and presented in new ways as historians and archaeologists discover new things and glean new insights.
In addition to the tours of the home, Monticello features a number of historic gardens on the property. The flower gardens reflect Monticello’s status as a historic botanic laboratory, the vegetable garden mimics Jefferson’s 330-variety vegetable garden of the past, the fruit gardens bost more than 17o varieties, and the ground themselves leave more to be discovered.
Shenandoah National Park
If you love the outdoors, then Shenandoah National Park should be high on your priorities list when you visit the region. Hiking is one of the most rewarding things to do in Shenandoah Valley if you’re a naturalist or an outdoors enthusiast. When you venture out into Shenandoah, there seem to be endless possibilities: trails to follow, sounds to hear, vistas to view, nature to experience.
With over 500 miles of trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail, you can choose your own adventure.
Check out the Shenandoah National Park Hiking Trails website to review the trail options and get insider tips on where to venture.
There’s something almost magical about waterfalls. Maybe it’s a combination of beauty and sound, or maybe the sight of flowing water adds movement and life to a landscape. But whatever makes waterfalls so enthralling, you can experience it at a number of waterfalls in the Shenandoah Valley—and not all of them require a hike. All of the waterfalls are accessible from parking places along Skyline Drive.
If you like the idea of a biking getaway but aren’t familiar with the area or how to actually go about planning one, Shenandoah Mountain Touring is the answer. The Shenandoah Valley region is truly spectacular, and the best way to experience the landscapes are to get right out into them.
With Shenandoah Mountain Touring, you can choose the bike trails that appeal most to you, then travel them with experienced guides. They’ll keep you on the right track, whether or not that’s on the beaten path, and provide the peace of mind that comes with expert assistance.
Some of our favorite things to share on social media are stunning photos of Charlottesville—particularly at sunrise and sunset. There’s simply no more incredible way to enjoy the views, though, than hot air ballooning over Charlottesville. And trust us, it will be a flight to remember.
The Bonaire Charters balloon features the latest in state-of-the-art equipment and offers every upgrade for passenger safety. The new basket features a padded floor and tanks that result in a lot of comfort and, importantly, soft landings. Bonaire describes flights as “a romantic fantasy adventure,” and landings are celebrated with traditional champagne toast made popular after the first hot air balloon voyage.
Hot air balloon flights leave twice daily, weather permitting. For the $225 charter (due after the flight), you get the flight and a beverage of choice (champagne or a non-alcoholic offering of sparkling cider, soda, etc.) You’ll also get digital photos of the launch, landing, pack-up and the toast.
We hope you’ll round out your stay in Shenandoah by booking in with us at Prospect Hill Plantation Inn. Our historic accommodations and grounds reflect perfectly into the regional character. Don’t forget to download your free area vacation guide to help plan your trip!