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D.C. Day Escape: The Shenandoah Valley

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Nicknamed "The Big Valley," the Shenandoah Valley is a nearly 200-mile outdoor paradise replete with the scenic beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, natural wonders, abundant local wineries, historic downtown communities, and heritage. In two hours, travelers can escape the noise of DC to this picturesque region where hiking, camping, canoeing, mountain biking, freshwater fishing, and various outdoor adventures rank among the valley's main attractions.
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Natural Bridge, VA 24578, USA
Considered the pride of Rockbridge County, VA, this naturally carved 215-foot high limestone formation was once owned by Thomas Jefferson, who built a cabin there for visitors and was surveyed by a teenage George Washington who was said to have...
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Skyline Dr, Virginia, USA
Just less than two hours outside D.C., enter through one of its four entrances to gain access to this majestic 105-mile long National Scenic Byway located within the grounds of Shenandoah National Park. As you meander Skyline Drive at the maximum...
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101 Cave Hill Rd, Luray, VA 22835, USA
Stalactites, found in limestone caves, grow one inch every 120 years. So it's safe to say that these beauties in the area of the caverns known as Dream Lake have been around a very long time. Looks deep doesn't it? The deepest part is only a...
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10344 Stonewall Jackson Hwy, Front Royal, VA 22630, USA
Sixty million years in the making yet discovered in 1937, Skyline Caverns is the closest set of caverns the D.C. area. Highlights feature unique stalactites and stalagmites, three underground streams, and the 37-foot Rainbow Waterfall. However,...
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11 Edwards Way, Mt Jackson, VA 22842, USA
Potato chips can be included in the list of Shenandoah Valley pleasures. Started in an old feed store, owner Sarah Cohen has transformed this company into a state-of-the-art chipping factory. Eschewing the continuous fry methods of big-name...
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309 Middle St, Washington, VA 22747, USA
A pastiche of vibrant prints and Chinese porcelain decorates the dramatic guest room of this English-style manor in rural Virginia, designed by a London stage and set designer. In the dining room, Chef Patrick O’Connell serves dishes based on...
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Virginia, USA
The Shenandoah is like a clear day in liquid form: No murky Potomac River or Chesapeake Bay water here. I did a 2-hour kayak paddle with my son and father in June and have dreamed of returning ever since. There are outfitters including Downriver...
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Old Rag Mountain, Robertson, VA 22743, USA
We leave D.C. early in hopes of beating the crowds of hikers who swarm the trail by mid morning. Old Rag may be the most popular hiking destination in the Blue Ridge Mountains, but for good reason. The challenging Ridge Trail starts with grueling...
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Thompson Hollow Rd, South River, VA 22610, USA
Overall Run Circuit offers a beautiful springtime hike in the Shenandoah. This trail leads through dense wooded canopies, cascading streams lined by ferns, and beautiful displays of wildflowers. The path slopes gently through the valley, but gets...
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Eagle Rock, Back Creek, VA 22654, USA
The rewards of completing a strenuous hike along the Virginia/West Virginia border. Admiring the colors of the Shenandoah Valley at elevation of over 2,595 feet atop Eagle Rock. This huge rock earned its moniker for the view from behind—it is...
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11100 Fort Frederick Rd, Big Pool, MD 21711, USA
April 26-29, 2012: Traveling back in time to an authentic 18th-century market fair. Historic Fort Frederick, an original stone fort built in 1756 during the French and Indian War. The aroma of campfire smoke fills the air. Hundreds of reenactors...
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164 Shepherd Grade Rd, Shepherdstown, WV 25443, USA
Situated 90 miles from D.C. on a bluff overlooking the Potomac River in West Virginia's oldest town, this charming and historic award-winning inn owned by the Asam family (originally from Munich) since 1977 ascribes to the great hospitality...
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164 Shepherd Grade Rd, Shepherdstown, WV 25443, USA
Located on the grounds of the Bavarian Inn is the Greystone Mansion, complete with four dining areas filled with Old World European and Bavarian atmosphere and decor—the Potomac Room, the Hunt Room, the Library, and the Rathskeller. Sunday...
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Bolivar, WV 25425, USA
This is worth every step of the hour-long hike to the top of the hill in Maryland overlooking Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.