Harrisonburg Trip Ideas

From hiking and biking excursions to the Shenandoah Beerwerks and Spirits Trail, Harrisonburg offers adventure and libation for a week or weekend getaway. Whether you want to explore all that Harrisonburg has to offer but don’t know where to start, or if you want to dive in and immerse yourself in a specific part of the area culture, we have you covered. Harrisonburg offers guided tour options with reservations from wine excursions, Civil War expert step-on guides to guided climbing and caving excursions. Whether you want to explore on your own or with help, whether you are traveling alone or looking for family-friendly fun; Harrisonburg offers many options. Rent bikes from a local bike shop, take a self-guided walking tour or just stroll through Historic Downtown Harrisonburg at your own pace. With numerous trip ideas planned by locals, there is sure to be a trip to excite you! If you don’t find what you are looking for here contact our Visitor Center for more ideas.

A Guide For Things to Do in Harrisonburg, Virginia

Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley is a beautiful place to visit, filled with charming small towns, friendly folks, farm-to-table eateries, and sensational scenery. I’m ashamed to admit that I lived in neighboring West Virginia for over 40 years and never once made it to see the majestic Shenandoah Valley and its Blue Ridge Mountains. That all changed when my travels brought me on a whirlwind tour of the area, starting with Harrisonburg.

All Things Local

Throughout its history, the Shenandoah Valley has celebrated its strong agricultural tradition.  In 1748 George Washington, then a young surveyor, wrote in his diary that he found the land to be “exceeding Rich and Fertile.”  Ongoing research reveals that...

Top 9 Things to Do When You’re Stuck Inside

Harrisonburg and the surrounding area is a destination with world-class scenery, a wonderland for sports enthusiasts of all kinds: bikers, hikers, anglers, and others find their groove here in the great out-of-doors. The average rainfall for Harrisonburg is 36.41” per year, with the most in July (4.02”) and the least in February (2.2”). The 2018 spring and summer season, however, had an exceptional number of rainy days. So what do you do when you’ve planned to spend the day outside, and it rains on your parade?

Perfect Summer Getaway

Summer vacations are a break from the hassles of daily life and from the same old routines. And once you’ve found your perfect vacation spot, you don’t want to spend hours waiting in line or finding that everyone else in the world has found your special...

Reddish Knob Has Some of the Most Astonishing Views

One of the tallest peaks in Virginia, Reddish Knob stands at 4,397 feet amid the George Washington National Forest. Most travelers in Harrisonburg are interested in visiting this site to experience the unparalleled 360-degree views from the summit. Whether you’re a hiker, biker, or just looking to take the Reddish Knob drive, you’ll be amazed by this part of the Shenandoah Valley.

Foodies, Families and Festivals

March in the Shenandoah Valley is sometimes a tease, as variable temperatures might bring drifts of spring blossoms or snowflakes in the same week. Snowdrops were blooming right on schedule in early February at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, and a few...

Crush Friday: Your Mini-Vacation Guide to Harrisonburg

Did you know that every year Americans leave about 662 million paid vacation days on the table? This month, Virginia is for Lovers ventured to Harrisonburg, one of the best-kept secrets in the Shenandoah Valley. The home of James Madison University, Harrisonburg could easily fall into the “college town” mold, but instead the region has become a leader in supporting local business, outdoor sports, and community ideals. Harrisonburg welcomes visitors to easily explore the city center, with tons of free parking, a walkable downtown area, and boutique shops filled with locally made goods, food, and just about anything else you’re looking for.

Harrisonburg With Teenagers!

So, you’re coming to Harrisonburg with teenagers in tow. What now? Keeping teens occupied while giving yourself something of the vacation you were so looking forward to can be a challenge. But Harrisonburg offers a variety of shops and entertainment venues that can fill your days with fun and relaxation for everyone. Here are some ideas you can tailor to fit your teens’ interests and perhaps expose them to some new activities.

February in the Burg!

The bears in Shenandoah National Park may be hibernating, but nearby Harrisonburg has not settled down for a long winter’s nap, and there’s something for everyone to do in and around the Friendly City to shake off winter doldrums…