Living in the Shenandoah Valley

A four-season climate means year-round outdoor recreational activities, from skiing at Massanutten and Wintergreen resorts to golfing at the world-renowned Omni Homestead Resort. National, state, and local parks offer unlimited recreational opportunities for hiking, biking, fishing, canoeing, and camping. Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park, and the Blue Ridge Parkway draw visitors from around the world to view the scenic vistas of the Shenandoah Valley.

Cultural and historical attractions include the Shenandoah Valley Art Center, the Museum of American Frontier Culture, Woodrow Wilson’s Birthplace, Natural Bridge, and the George C. Marshall Museum. The American Shakespeare Center in Staunton is the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theater and hosts performances year-round.

The Valley’s rich history is kept alive in living museums and libraries, and the area’s colleges and universities sponsor lectures, concerts, art exhibits, and numerous athletic events. Vibrant town centers, unique to each community, are a focal point for commerce and social activity, featuring fine arts and crafts, music, festivals, performing arts, and one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants.