Places to Visit in Harrisonburg, Virginia

With a population of nearly 50,000 residents, Harrisonburg is an independent city nestled in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. The city is surrounded by history, art, and culture. The location is prime not only to residents, but to tourists, and with a close proxmity to the Shenandoah National Park and George Washington National Forest, the area makes for a great tourist destination, especially for those more inclined to explore the outdoors. Harrisonburg is home to many attractions, perfect for people seeking excitement and adventure, while also trying new things.

Shenandoah National Park Skyline Drive

Within the scenic city of Harrisonburg is the Shenandoah National Park Syline Drive. Visitors ride along the lengthy 105-mile drive through the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains, viewing the breathtaking spectacle of the valley. With more than 70 scenic overlooks with captivating views from wildlife to beautiful natural scenery. For those less inclined to ride in a car and prefer an active method of transportation, visitors can take any of the trails within the park, stretching more than 500 miles altogether.

Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

The Shenandoah Valley is rich in culture and art, and theatre is no exception. Performing arts theatres are abundant throughout the city, and one of the more known venues is the Forbes Center. From shows with live dance and music to live theatre performances, stopping by this venue for a night is a special treat for tourists and residents who enjoy live plays and performances.

White Oak Lavender Farm

You haven’t visited Virginia yet until you’ve visited a lavender farm. This breathtaking farm of colors and wildlife is best seen during the summer and fall. It offers stunning views and relaxation where guests can even pick their own lavender and even try the signature Lavender Blueberry ice cream.

Harrisonburg Farmer’s Market

While this farmer’s market is only open for a limited time on Tuesdays and Saturdays, it’s a perfect destination for fresh local products and the opporutnity to explore what Harrisonburg really has to offer to its thriving community. Not only will visitors find fresh fruit and veggies, the market also houses vendors selling jewelry and all types of art.

About the Author: Natalie is a guest contributor from By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages, a beautiful bed and breakfast located in Harrisonburg, VA.

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