Shenandoah National Park near Washington, DC, is an extension of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Famous across the country for its breathtaking natural landscapes, the park is crisscrossed by innumerable hiking trails, including those connecting it with the great Appalachian Trail. There’s plenty to see and do in these preserved forested mountains. Drive down to Shenandoah via the popular mountain highway, Skyline Drive, with its picturesque vistas. Rangers offer guided tours of the national park from spring through fall. Go bird watching and spot local wildlife like deer, bobcat, and wild turkey. If you’re lucky, you could also spot black bears from a safe distance. Hike through the forested trails, walking through wetlands, waterfalls, and rocky peaks like Hawksbill and the Old Rag mountains. The Whiteoak Canyon Trail passes by scenic waterfalls, the Luray Caverns sport giant rock formations, and a series of scenic cascades await you at the Dark Hollow Falls. Horseback riding, rock climbing, and rappelling are other popular outdoor activities here. Tour local wineries, breweries, and orchards. Celebrate annual events like the Night Sky Festival and Apple Butter Celebration. Experience wholesome alfresco dining, relishing seasonal farm-fresh produce paired with excellent local wines and craft beverages. What’s not to love?
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