Traveling the Shenandoah Valley
Transportation in the Valley is easiest by car or motorcycle. There is no public transportation that services the entire Valley.
I-81 - Stretches from the Northern to Southern points and beyond. It is the fastest way to get from point A to Point B. Even though it is fast there are some beautiful views with mountains hugging you on both sides.
US Route 11 - If you are looking for a more leisurely drive this is the one. Covers the entire central valley from South to North and passes through all major towns. A great way to really get to know the Shenandoah Valley.
US Route 340 - From Harper's Ferry to Waynesboro this North/South route covers the Western part of the valley mainly between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Massenuten Mountains. A beautiful drive with sparsley populated areas between the main towns.
East and West Routes
US Route 50, Route 7 and I-66 - Each of these Routes will take you from the Washington DC area to the Northern part of the Shenandoah Valley with only US Route 50 heading to the most Western portions of the Valley through Winchester, VA.
US Route 33 - Passes thru the Blue Ridge Mountains east of Harrisonburg and through the Valley to the West.
I-64 - Coining from Tidewater and Richmond through Blue Ridge Mountains to Staunton then heading South following I-81 to Lexington where it then heads west and into West Virginia.
US Route 250 -Parallels I-64 to Staunton then heads West out of Staunton through the Western Shenandoah Valley.
Currier & Ives, Valley of the Shenandoah, c1864; Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (http://www.loc.gov)
Get to Know the Shenandoah Valley
Enjoy your stay in the Shenandoah Valley by becoming more familiar with the history and people of the Shenandoah Valley.