Your Guide to the Best Washington DC to Shenandoah Valley Road Trip

Escape the hustle and bustle of the big city for the weekend when you embark on a road trip from Washington DC to the Shenandoah Valley. Upon your arrival to Harrisonburg, VA, you’ll be able to soak in the beautiful mountain scenery and relax in one of our By the Side of the Road cottages or large manor house vacation rentals. Along the way, plan to make a few stops at favorite attractions to make your road trip even more exciting. As you plan your trip to the Shenandoah Valley, let us help with your research when you download our download our complimentary Vacation Guide. Inside, you’ll discover tons of tips on the best places restaurants, museums, hiking trails, and more.

What to Do on Your Washington DC to Shenandoah Valley Road Trip

Drive Along Skyline Drive

One of the most scenic drives in the state, Skyline Drive covers 105 miles along the Blue Ridge Mountain range with stunning views of the landscape. If you’re planning your Washington DC to Shenandoah Valley Road trip during the fall, you can spot some outstanding fall foliage along the way. Along this route, you’ll discover many stopping points where you can get out and take in the scenery or capture beautiful photos to commemorate your trip.

Stop to Visit the Caverns

When visiting the Shenandoah Valley, there are several different caverns near Harrisonburg that you can explore. Delve beneath the deeps of the earth to discover unique rock formations and learn more about the animals who call this habitat their home. Near one of the most popular caverns, Luray Caverns, you’ll find a number of great wineries where you can stop to sample the wine.

Explore the Harrisonburg Farmers Market

One of the best attractions in town is the weekly Harrisonburg Farmers Market. From April through Thanksgiving, this market sets up shop on South Liberty Street from 9 am to 1 pm every Saturday. Peruse the stands filled with locally made goodies as well as handcrafted items that make the perfect souvenir from your Washington DC to Shenandoah Valley road trip. Indulge in food from one of the stands or pick up fresh, local produce to bring back to your By the Side of the Road vacation rental.

Enjoy Your Stay in a By the Side of the Road Vacation Rental

During your Washington DC to Shenandoah Valley road trip, you’ll need a comfortable place to stay as you explore the charming town of Harrisonburg. At By the Side of the Road, you’ll experience all the luxuries of being in a cottage or our large main house with the freedom of staying in a vacation rental. If you are traveling with a large group, you should consider booking our manor house, which features six bedrooms and bathrooms with enough room for up to 11 guests. If you’re looking to rent something smaller, consider our cottages or apartment vacation rentals.

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Found on the ground floor of a beautiful farmhouse building, this one-bedroom apartment includes a full kitchen with a dishwasher, oven, and microwave. Enjoy a peaceful night in your queen-size bed and unwind in the evenings at the two-seat bar.

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