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Everyone From Virginia Should Take This One Awesome Road Trip Before They Die

For hundreds of years, Virginia has been celebrated for her music. With much of our traditional music stemming from the mountains of the southwest, Virginia’s distinct vocal and instrumental styles are often called “old-time music” or “mountain music.” For many Virginians, this music is much more than just a way to pass the time – it’s an integral part of their traditions, culture and identity.

“The Crooked Road” is a 333-mile journey designed specifically to celebrate the music of Virginia – and those who make it. Winding through the mountains of Southwest Virginia, The Crooked Road covers 19 counties, four cities and more than 50 towns and communities.

Called one of the top five trips in the USA by the Lonely Planet Travel Guide, The Crooked Road showcases string bands, a cappella gospel, blues, 300-year old ballads, bluegrass and much, much more. With nine major venues, more than 60 affiliated venues and festivals, and over 25 wayside exhibits, each stop along the way provides an opportunity to hear the music that has become so deeply ingrained in our culture.

The following list highlights the major venues along the trail and tells a little bit about the adventures that await you on this musical pilgrimage.

With so many more amazing affiliated venues and wayside exhibits, there’s no way to do The Crooked Road justice in a single article. For a complete list of venues and exhibits or to plan your trip with an interactive map, be sure to visit The Crooked Road.

If you’ve already traveled The Crooked Road, we would love to hear about your experience. Be sure to tell us about it in the comments below…and we’re pretty sure you’ll agree, this is a trip that every Virginian should take at least once in their lifetime!

Anna Strock
Virginia staff writer for Only in Your State, freelance writer and journalist. Even though Anna has lived other places, somehow Virginia is where she always seems to land.