Maps & Directions

Getting to the Valley

By Car

Interstate 81 is the main north-south route to and through the Shenandoah Valley.  To reach the Valley from the east, the main highways are Interstate 66, which brings you directly from the Washington, D.C. area and connects with I-81 near Strasburg; and Interstate 64, which brings you directly from Richmond and connects with I-81 near Staunton.  From the west, I-64 is again the most direct route, coming from West Virginia and linking to I-81 near Lexington.

By Airplane

Airport inside the National Historic District
Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (Weyer’s Cave)

Airports a short driving distance from the National Historic District
Baltimore Washington International Airport (take I-70 west to I-81, then go south)
Ronald Reagan National Airport (Arlington) (take US-50, Va-7, or I-66 west to the Valley)
Washington Dulles Airport (take US-50, Va-7, or I-66 west to the Valley)
Richmond International Airport (take I-64 west to the Valley)
Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport (take I-64 west to the Valley)
Roanoke Regional Airport (take I-81 north)
Blue Ridge Regional Airport (Martinsville, Virginia)

By Train

Amtrak – You can reach the Valley directly by train by traveling to the Amtrak station in Staunton, or indirectly by traveling to stations in short driving distance in Charlottesville, Lynchburg, the Washington, D.C. area, and in Harpers Ferry and Martinsburg, West Virginia.  Also see Amtrak Virginia.

Getting Around the Valley

One of the charms of visiting the Valley is the opportunity to venture off the busy interstate highways and travel along the smaller highways – many of them following the path of historic roadways that were important routes during the Civil War.  Main north-south roadways include the historic Valley Turnpike (US 11), the Back Road (Va 628, 623 and 42), and the Page Valley Road (US 340).  Some of the more scenic and historic east-west roadways include Route 55 from Front Royal to Strasburg, Route 211 from Luray to New Market to Timberville, and Route 250/254 from Waynesboro to Staunton to McDowell - much of Rte. 250/254 follows the course of the historic Staunton to Parkersburg Turnpike.


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