There’s nothing like a road trip to expand your horizons, clear your mind, and introduce you to roads less traveled. And that’s precisely the goal of this road trip through Virginia’s beautiful small towns. Not only will you learn about the places which make up the backbone of our state, but you’ll also enjoy the drive. Here’s the link to the
full map. With some of the most breathtaking sites around, this small town Virginia road trip is one you won’t soon forget.
Our small town road trip begins in the lovely town of Staunton, Virginia. With a population of nearly 25,000, Staunton has plenty to explore and lots of local charm. From the iconic Stonewall Jackson Hotel to the American Shakespeare Center, Staunton is one of the most unique spots in the state. You'll love meandering through town, noticing the architecture and grabbing a cup of coffee from one of the local shops.
Next stop is Crozet, which can be found just 12 miles west of Charlottesville in the picturesque Albemarle County. The population of this small town is approximately 6,000. In addition to the breathtaking landscapes that you'll drive through, you'll want to be sure to get out and walk around town a bit. Not to be missed is Crozet Pizza, a gourmet pizza shop that is a local favorite.
Farmville is located in the heart of Prince Edward County and has a population of just over 8,000. You won't be surprised to see beautiful farmlands surrounding this small but vibrant town. Two historic colleges, Hampden-Sydney and Longwood, are located in the area and each have a beautiful campus. Another stunning spot to see is High Bridge Trail State Park. This multi-use trail is 2,400 feet long and spans the Appomatox River.
4. South Boston
Formerly known as Boyd's Ferry, South Boston is in Halifax County and has just over 8,000 residents. Historically, South Boston served as an important railroad town for both the Richmond and Danville railroad. The historic downtown is filled with gorgeous red-brick buildings, many of which are boutiques, shops, and cafes perfect for spending a leisurely afternoon.
Galax serves as a picturesque welcome to those en route to the Blue Ridge Mountains. This small town of just over 7,000 has a lively historic downtown district, too. One of the most unique aspects of Galax is its mountain music tradition. The town annually hosts the Old Time Bluegrass Fiddler's Convention, bringing in folks from all over. Outdoor enthusiasts will also enjoy spending time along the New River trail.
This small town road trip concludes with none other than the ever-so-charming Lexington, Virginia. Lexington is perhaps most well known for housing Washington & Lee University and Virginia Millitary Insitution; however, the town's character reaches beyond academics as well. The Shenandoah Valley makes a lovely backdrop against the historic brick buildings and winding roads. Be sure to treat yourself to a delicious dinner at one of Lexington's many fine dining options. It'll be the perfect way to wind down and reflect on your trip.