Virginia June 29, 2017
10 Out Of This World Summer Day Trips To Take In Virginia
Summer in Virginia is a truly magical time. The days are longer, the weather is warm, and getting outside for an adventure never seemed more appealing. With summer in full swing, now’s the perfect time to plan some remarkable day trips to fill up your calendar. Whether you’re up for a thrilling outdoor adventure or something a little cooler, you should find plenty of inspiration for your next day trip here:
1. Take a ride down Virginia's natural waterslide.
If you're looking for a unique way to cool off while also embarking on an unforgettable adventure, head to Virginia's natural waterslide in Shenandoah National Park. Located just outside of Syria and accessible by trail, this waterfall slide ends in a refreshingly chilly swimming hole. To learn more about this thrilling slide,
2. Road trip to Virginia's Eastern Shore and traverse the scenic Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.
It may seem daunting from afar, but the drive along this impressive 23-mile structure is nothing short of breathtaking. Since its construction in the 1960s, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel has seen over 100 million passengers. If you've yet to take this drive, summer is an ideal time of year. For stunning drone footage of this drive,
3. Ride "The Cardinal" through the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Operated by Amtrak, the Cardinal is a long-distance passenger train featuring a particularly scenic route in Virginia. Passengers can catch the train in Charlottesville and enjoy breathtaking mountain views as the train makes its way westward over Afton Mountain and beyond. For more information on this scenic ride,
4. Try some lavender ice cream from an authentic lavender farm.
A visit to White Oak Lavender Farm is sure to be a memorable trip. Not only do visitors experience the fragrant blooms, but they also get to sample some authentic lavender products. Photographed above is the irresistible blueberry lavender ice cream. For more information about this farm in Harrisonburg,
5. Take a wooded hike past waterfalls and wildflowers.
Tucked away in Botetourt County, Roaring Run Falls is an exquisite loop hike that keeps you in the cool shade of the woods. This trail also happens to meander past a scenic waterfall and plenty of wildflower blooms. For more information on this trail,
6. Visit one of the most unique beaches in the world.
Assateague Island National Seashore, shared by Virginia and Maryland, is an absolutely breathtaking stretch of land along Virginia's Eastern Shore. On the Maryland portion of the beach, you may even encounter some wild ponies. This gorgeous preserve is well worth a visit if you've yet to go. For more information about Assateague Island National Seashore,
7. Paddle your way down a scenic water trail.
Virginia is filled with scenic water trails perfect for kayaking and canoeing. Depending on your skill level, you can choose from calm currents to more challenging rapids. Whichever experience you choose, you'll be absolutely enthralled by the gorgeous river scenery along the way. For some trip ideas,
8...or forget the paddles and float your way down the Shenandoah River.
For a more relaxing activity in an equally beautiful setting, why not try Virginia's natural lazy river? There's a stretch along the Shenandoah River near Luray that's perfect for floating and enjoying the view. For more information on this spot,
9. Immerse yourself in a field of sunflowers.
Burnside Farms in Haymarket becomes ablaze with yellow blooms in mid-July. Head out to the farm and you can explore the sunflower maze, pick your own blooms, and simply marvel at the picturesque beauty of the flowers. For more information one this incredible sunflower field,
10. Spend some time in one of the state's most underrated trail towns.
Damascus makes for a wonderful summer day trip destination. Tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this town is renowned for its proximity to seven trails, namely the Appalachian Trail and the Virginia Creeper Trail. While you're in town, you can also enjoy some of the charming antique shops and cafes. For more information on Damascus,
Have you enjoyed any of these day trips in Virginia before? If so, feel free to tell us about your experiences! For more summer day trip ideas, be sure to read about
Virginia’s Hidden Beaches Road Trip.