Top things to do in Shenandoah Valley

Top Choice National Park in Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park

One of the most spectacular national parks in the country, Shenandoah is a showcase of natural color and beauty: in spring and summer the wildflowers explode, in fall the leaves burn bright red and orange, and in wi…
Top Choice Museum in Lexington

George C Marshall Museum

Many visitors to Lexington give this museum in the grounds of the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) a miss. We counsel you not to do the same, as its subject matter and exhibits are totally engrossing. Chief of staf…
Top Choice Cave in Luray

Luray Caverns

If you can only fit one cavern into your Shenandoah itinerary, head 25 miles south from Front Royal to the world-class Luray Caverns and hear the 'Stalacpipe Organ' – hyped as the largest musical instrument on earth…
Top Choice Mexican in Staunton

Chicano Boy

It's hard to beat the value offered by this taquería's $7 lunch deal, which delivers a drink, a dip and two tacos. Prices don't rise much at dinner, when tacos – including the Al Pastor (pork marinated in chilli and…
Top Choice American in Staunton

Shack

It may be cooked and served in a small and unadorned space (hence the name), but the dishes served here are among the best in the state. Chef Ian Boden, a two-time James Beard semi-finalist, makes the most of season…
Top Choice Bakery in Staunton

Newtown Bakery

This is the type of place that every small town needs. It bakes its own European-style bread and pastries; serves soup and sandwiches at lunch; and cranks up the wood-fired pizza oven at night to offer piping hot, s…
Top Choice Theater in Staunton

Blackfriars Playhouse

Don't leave Staunton without catching a show at the Blackfriars Playhouse, where actors from the American Shakespeare Center perform in a re-creation of Shakespeare's original indoor theater. The acting is up-close …
Top Choice French in Lexington

Red Hen

Reserve well ahead for a memorable meal at Red Hen, an intimate restaurant occupying an 1890 building just off Main St. The limited menu features a creative, French-focused menu showcasing fine local produce. Great …
Bridge in Lexington

Natural Bridge State Park

We're going to let Thomas Jefferson write the review of the main feature in this state park, which he described in his book Notes on Virginia: 'It is impossible for the emotions arising from the sublime to be felt b…
Wine Bar in Staunton

Yelping Dog

An inviting wine bar in the thick of the downtown action, the Yelping Dog has its priorities right: wine, cheese and charcuterie. It also serves craft beer. If you're on the fence about ordering one of the gourmet g…