Visiting the Valley

Situated along Virginia’s western border and including West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, the Shenandoah Valley is one of the country’s most scenic areas, and known for its vistas and rural charm. The Valley is defined by the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and the Allegheny Mountains to the west; the Shenandoah River winds through the Valley and between these two mountain ranges. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley tells the stories of the ten counties—two in West Virginia and eight in Virginia—that stretch from the Potomac River in the north to the Roanoke Valley in the south. The MSV is a great place to begin your Shenandoah Valley visit and Winchester is an ideal home base as you explore the region. If you are able to stay a while, below are a few suggestions to consider as you plan your trip.

Within 5 Minutes of the MSV

Historic Old Town Winchester 

Patsy Cline Historic House

Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society Museums

Shenandoah Arts Council

Within One Hour of the MSV

Family Drive-In Theatre

Belle Grove Plantation

Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park

Dinosaur Land

Veramar Vineyard

North Mountain Vineyard

Shenandoah National Park/Skyline Drive

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Luray Caverns

Virginia Museum of the Civil War/New Market Battlefield State Historical Park

Shenandoah Caverns

Route 11 Potato Chip Factory

Long Branch Plantation

Clark County Historical Association

Josephine School Community Museum/Clarke County African-American Cultural Center

Signature Events in the Shenandoah Valley

The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

The Shenandoah Valley Music Festival

Accommodations Near the MSV

Courtyard by Marriott

Holiday Inn Express 

Candy Hill Campground 

George Washington Hotel 

Holiday Inn Historic Gateway 

Country Inn & Suites

Additional Recommended Accommodations

The Inn at Vaucluse Spring 

L’Auberge Provençale

The list of things to see and do in Winchester-Frederick County, the Shenandoah Valley, and Virginia is plentiful! Use these resources to help you plan your Valley Visit.

Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Bureau 

Shenandoah Valley Travel Association

Virginia Is For Lovers