12 days in Shenandoah Valley & Sapphire Itinerary

12 days in Shenandoah Valley & Sapphire Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner

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Luray
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shenandoah National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lexington
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sapphire
— 4 nights
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Drive to Asheville Regional Airport, Fly to La Guardia Airport, Drive to New York City

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Luray

— 2 nights

Cabin Capital of Virginia

Nestled in the heart of the valley formed by the Shenandoah River, Luray draws visitors with a vast underground cavern system adorned with stalactites, stalagmites, and mirrored pools.
Escape the urban bustle at Luray Caverns and Shenandoah Caverns. Head to The Shops at Dayton Farmers Market and Marker-Miller Orchardsfor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Luray: Shenandoah Valley Golf Club (in Front Royal) and White Oak Lavender Farm & The Purple WOLF Vineyard (in Harrisonburg). Next up on the itinerary: play a few rounds at The Shenvalee Golf Course.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Luray journey maker tool.

New York City to Luray is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from New York City in August, plan for little chillier nights in Luray, with lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Shenandoah National Park.

Things to do in Luray

Outdoors · Shopping · Golf · Parks

Side Trips

Shenandoah National Park

— 2 nights
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): hike along Mary's Rock Summit Trail, then take a memorable drive along Skyline Drive, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at The Spa at Massanutten. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Old Rag Mountain Hike and then admire the sheer force of Dark Hollow Falls.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Shenandoah National Park day trip app.

Drive from Luray to Shenandoah National Park in 1.5 hours. In August in Shenandoah National Park, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Lexington.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Lexington

— 3 nights
Home to two prestigious educational institutions, Lexington was founded in 1778.
Visiting Virginia Safari Park and Natural Bridge State Park will get you outdoors. For shopping fun, head to Factory Antique Mall or Wayne Theatre. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lexington: Sunspots Studios (in Staunton) and Barren Ridge Vineyards (in Fishersville). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Rockbridge Vineyard and brush up on your military savvy at Museum of Military Memorabilia.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Lexington trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Shenandoah National Park to Lexington in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Shenandoah National Park in August, expect Lexington to be little chillier, temps between 71°F and 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Sapphire.

Things to do in Lexington

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Sapphire

— 4 nights
Sapphire is an unincorporated community in Transylvania County, North Carolina, United States. Get outdoors at Dry Falls and Whitewater Falls. Head to A Jones Company and The Bascomfor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapphire: Miller's Land of Waterfall Tours (in Rosman), Bridal Veil Falls (in Highlands) and 12 Spies Vineyards and Farm (in Rabun Gap). There's more to do: play a few rounds at Old Edwards Club.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sapphire route maker website.

Traveling by car from Lexington to Sapphire takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Lexington in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Sapphire: highs are around 86°F and lows about 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sapphire

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips