We are spoiled by having the Shenandoah Mountains in our back yard. The adventure opportunities are limitless! Shenandoah National Park has year round family fun, but that’s not all! The Shenandoah River is a great place to cool off during the summer. The Shenandoah area is a perfect road trip from the DC area.
Favorite Family Adventures
- Driving, Hiking & Exploring Shenandoah National Park
- Going off the grid with a Tiny House Getaway
- Enjoying Fall Foliage at Harpers Ferry
- Cooling off with a Shenandoah River Tubing Trip
- Taking Adventure underground at Luray Caverns
Depending where you visit in the area it can take around 6 hours to drive there. Harper’s Ferry is only about an hour out of the city, but the southern most part of Shenandoah National Park is a little over 6 hours away from the city. Luckily the drive through the National Park on Skyline Drive has amazing views! There is great loop if you drive through Maryland to Harper’s Ferry and then down to Luray, end up in the National Park and return to DC through Virginia.
Where to Stay
Although day trips to the area are possible, if you plan on maximizing the adventure in Shenandoah, you should plan to stay 1 or 2 nights. The Tiny House Getaway is a unique lodging experience allowing you to be close to Shenandoah National Park. We (well one of us) LOVE camping! Camping in a National Park is always fun and Shenandoah National Park is no exception. There are camping sites for tents and RVs, as well as cabins. If you are looking for a less rustic accommodation in the park there is the Skyland and Big Meadows Lodge. As always there are great family friend options available in the area on vrbo.com and airbnb.com.