Each year families visit the same destination for their vacation getaway and each year they partake in the same events and dine at the same restaurants.
Although staying with what you know can always give you some comfort, new experiences can provide opportunities for a great time as well.
For those history fanatics, there is one place that families find rewarding. Not only is the Shenandoah Valley a side trip from Washington D.C., it is also rich in historic culture, and the views are breathtaking.
Consider the following attractions for a vacation to remember:
Considered a “must-see” in the state of Virginia in the US is the Safari Park. This park is located off I-81, Exit 180. This drive-thru excursion is a great attraction for families to experience animals that are free to roam. If you prefer you can consider riding on a wagon pulled by a tractor during certain times of the year. This safari features animals such as tigers, giraffes, kangaroos, cheetahs, various reptiles, and monkeys.
Additionally, this attraction also features a fun petting zoo for the kids, to feed and pet animals such as goats, pigs, llamas and more. They can also experience feeding giraffes.
Natural Bridge State Park
One of the many sights to be seen is the Virginia Natural Bridge State Park. The intense, solid-rock, wonder is completely natural and jaw-dropping. This attraction is located off I-81, Exit 175. Not only is this Natural Wonder dramatic, but it also contains a great deal of history. It’s been noted that both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson stomped the grounds during their days to admire its beauty. This attraction allows you to follow in their footsteps to experience breathtaking views.
Be sure to hang around during sunset for a sight unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
Although the scenic view is to be had in the Shenandoah Valley, these mountains have even more to offer. Deep beneath the Blue Ridge Mountains is a United States Natural Landmark. These caverns are the largest in Eastern America. A great family excursion into these well-lit caverns are sure to provide you with an experience unlike ever before. Visitors can experience towering columns made of the earth creating a cathedral. This is one attraction you won’t want to miss.
Museum of the Shenandoah Valley
For art and history buffs, this is the one stop shop. This location is a collective interpretation of the rich history and art of the valley. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, the museum provides visitors with historic information of the area and includes a historic house called the Glen Burnie House.
These are just a few of the many attractions that are sure to make your vacation destination a hit this summer.