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  • Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
  • Duration:  10 hours (approx.)
Leave the city behind to explore the natural beauty of Shenandoah National Park, located a short drive from Washington DC. You also have the option to include a visit to the Manassas National Battlefield Park, a site of significant Civil War battles. Hike easy sections of the famous Appalachian Trail and reach some of the park’s highest summits. Snap photos at magnificent overlooks and delve into the history of this part of Virginia. Small-group tour limited to 10 people ensures personalized attention from your expert guide.

Highlights

  • Full-day tour to Shenandoah National Park with Manassas National Battlefield Park option, from Washington DC
  • Take leisurely hikes along the famous Appalachian Trail
  • Browse exhibits detailing of Shenandoah National Park's natural and historic features at the Big Meadows Visitor Center
  • Take in Civil War-era monuments, memorials and historic buildings at Manassas National Battlefield Park
  • Stand atop some of the highest peaks in the park at Stony Man Mountain and Hawksbill Mountain
  • Learn about Virginia’s history, flora and fauna from your knowledgeable guide

What You Can Expect

Day Trip to Shenandoah National Park

View of Skyline Drive from Stony Man Mountain Summit

After pickup from Washington DC’s Vienna metro station, travel by comfortable minivan to the first stop on your tour. For both options, your guide shares informative commentary about the places you visit throughout the day. The Appalachian Trail stretches roughly 101 miles (163 km) through this park, and you get to hike parts of it!

Have a break at midday for a picnic lunch. Your guide will stop at a grocery store where you can purchase lunch or you can bring one with you; cold bottled water is provided for the day. You have a choice between two options for your full-day excursion. Both tours end in the early evening back in Washington DC.

Itinerary

Shenandoah and Manassas Tour
Travel about 20 minutes to your first stop at Manassas National Battlefield Park. Site of the first major battle of the Civil War, and the Confederacy’s greatest victory, Manassus saw casualties of more than 4,000 people in April 1861. A year later, another 22,000 were killed in battle here. Learn about the site’s history from your knowledgeable guide, and browse exhibits at a museum that displays Civil War-era uniforms, weapons, and artifacts.

Shake off the weight of war as you travel another 45 minutes to reach Shenandoah National Park. Take in breathtaking views along Skyline Drive and enjoy several stops at stunning overlooks near  Stony Man Mountain and Old Rag Mountain. You also get great photo ops of the Shenandoah Valley and Allegheny Mountains. A visit to the Visitor Center at Big Meadows informs you about the park's history and creation. Learn about how the land was acquired from private ownership, and how the Civilian Conservation Corps built roads, shelters and visitor centers.

Shenandoah Summits Tour
Marvel at the beauty of Shenandoah National Park on a full-day tour that takes in different parts of the park with three easy-to-moderate hikes, and plenty of stops along the way. When you arrive in the national park, admire the views from several majestic overlooks.

Next up? Embark on two hikes along easy sections of the famous Appalachian Trail! The first hike takes you along a 1.6-mile (2.5-km) route to  Stony Man Mountain Summit, the second highest summit in the park at 4,011 feet (1,222 m). After you have soaked up the views from  Stony Man, travel to a 3-mile (5km) trail that will lead to the highest summit in the park, Hawksbill Mountain Summit, 4,051 feet (1,235m)Enjoy informative commentary from your expert guide about the flora and fauna of the area and revel in the beauty of this extensive parkland.
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