Roadside Attractions

One of the simple joys of the Shenandoah Valley is its scenic roads and byways. Driving around on a beautiful weekend can be an adventure in itself. If you want some quirky spots to break up the car time, check these out!

Lexington and Rockbridge County

  • Get up close and personal with elk, deer, llamas, ostriches, camels, and other animals as they stretch their necks into your car for food at Virginia Safari Park. Besides the drive-thru zoo, the 180-acre park has a giraffe-feeding area, a walk-thru petting farm, and an aviary where birds will perch on your fingers.
  • Lunch at the Elvis-inspired Pink Cadillac Diner is another worth-the-visit stop while you’re day-tripping.
  • Also in the Lexington and Rockbridge County area are Robot Cyborg Muffler Man, a building shaped like a coffee pot, Yogi Bear, a 20-foot full-color statue of Stonewall Jackson, and Stonewall Jackson’s horse (stuffed, of course).

Harrisonburg Rockingham County

  • Tour the beautiful campuses of Eastern Mennonite University and James Madison University and catch sight of a real mummy hand, a two-headed calf, and the giant statue of the maniacally happy Duke Dog.
  • At the BBQ Ranch north of Harrisonburg, you’ll find some legendary BBQ and the biggest collection of pig kitsch you’ve ever seen.
  • Rockingham County is not only the largest Agricultural Producing County in Virginia but is also known as the Turkey Capital of the World. Look for the turkey statue on the right as you cross the county line on Rt. 11 from the south.

Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County

  • In Staunton, look for the giant watering can sculpture as you head downtown. Nearby, you’ll find a tribute monument to Staunton’s own Grammy-winning country and gospel supergroup, The Statler Brothers.  If you prefer creepier attractions, Staunton and Lexington offer ghost tours.
  • Experience a medieval sport when you attend a Hall of Fame Jousting Tournament at Natural Chimneys Park. Much safer than the original version, this annual event started in 1821 and now includes food and craft vendors and a corn hole competition
  • It’s not a trip to Virginia without some photos with the Virginia LOVEworks signs, placed by communities to celebrate what makes them unique. You’ll find several in the Beerwerks footprint, including a fishing-themed installation in Waynesboro’s Constitution Park and a beer-themed sign at Stable Craft Brewing.
  • Looking for more fun backdrops for your photos? Check out the murals along the Waynesboro Street Arts Trail, Harrisonburg’s Art Walk, or in Staunton’s growing mural collection. Buena Vista also has murals on display.
Zak Suhar Photography

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