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Staunton Office of Tourism +

116 W. Beverly St.

Staunton, VA 24402

(540) 332-3972

Located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley just 10 miles west of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Staunton offers a perfect base for exploring the Valley. The elegantly restored downtown delights visitors with its vibrant arts scene and great restaurants. The amazing architecture and compact downtown make for great walking and exploring opportunities.

See firsthand why the National Trust for Historic Preservation honored Staunton as a hip, dynamic revitalization success story. Enjoy a night of theater at the American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse, the only re-creation in the world of Shakespeare’s legendary indoor theatre. Experience the Frontier Culture Museum, a living history museum illustrating the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley’s early settlers or discover the life and legacy of President Woodrow Wilson at his birthplace, museum and research library.

Don’t miss the Staunton/Augusta Farmer’s Market, which is a bustling, colorful affair, often with live music and the occasional chef demonstration. Head on over to Sunspots Glassblowing Studios to see live glassblowing every day and take home a keepsake of this experience in artistry. In the evening, take in a performance by local and nationally renowned musicians at Mockingbird Roots Music Hall—from blues to bluegrass, folk to old-time, Celtic to Cajun, alternative country to mountain music—Mockingbird is a setting where the music takes center stage.

For more information, call (540) 332-3972, or visit www.VisitStaunton.com

Highlights & Happenings

  • Humpback Rocks, MP 5.8
  • At the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Humpback Rocks is perhaps the best representation of the varied combination of natural and cultural resources anywhere along the Parkway corridor. Visitors can tour a collection of nineteenth century far
  • Blue Ridge Music Center
  • The Blue Ridge Music Center is a state-of-the-art performing arts facility built to preserve and promote the historic music of Virginia and the Blue Ridge.
  • Folk Art Center, Milepost 382
  • Open year round, the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway showcases the finest in traditional and contemporary craft of the Southern Appalachians.
  • Rocky Knob & Mabry Mill, MP 169, 176.2
  • These Parkway treasures offer many opportunities for visitors including hiking, camping, picnicking, and one of the most-photographed structures along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • Waterrock Knob, MP 451.2
  • An ideal spot for watching sunrise and sunsets across the rugged mountains, Waterrock Knob Visitor Center sits at almost 6,000 feet elevation.
  • Peaks of Otter, MP 86
  • With stunning views, natural beauty, and the surrounding Jefferson National Forest, it’s no wonder the Peaks of Otter area has attracted people to the region for more than 8,000 years.
  • Doughton Park, MP 240
  • The Brinegar Cabin, craft demonstrations, and diverse hiking options and make Doughton Park a must-experience destination along the Parkway.
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