- Start: Staunton, VA
- End: Keswick, VA
- Last Modified: 2011-09-13 20:39:37
- Total Mileage: 97 Miles
- Number of stops: 14
The bucolic, historic Shenandoah Valley is not only one of Virginia's best destination gems, it's one of the most scenic regions in the eastern United States. Begin your Shenandoah Valley vacation in Staunton, Virginia, a major junction for pioneers heading west. Valley pioneer history comes alive in the Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia, where several 17th-, 18th- and 19th-century farms depict life in pre-Civil War Shenandoah. In downtown Staunton, boutiques and galleries, such as the Frame Gallery and Sunspots Studios, are often housed in restored warehouses and fine homes. The Pullman Restaurant occupies a restored train station, and Mill Street Grill is inside a former flour mill building. The city's most famous home is President Woodrow Wilson's. Tours of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library encompass the home, gardens, and research library. Staunton's Blackfriars Playhouse is the world's only authentic re-creation of Shakespeare's original indoor theater. Catch a performance or a guided tour. Pass through Shenandoah National Park and end your visit with a tour of Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home near Charlottesville, Virginia.