Summer is still going strong — especially at Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains. One might argue that late summer and early fall is the best time to visit, with fewer visitors and more comfortable temperatures.

Less than 90 minutes from Washington D.C., Shenandoah provides you with the ultimate escape and a restorative experience like no other.

Hiking

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Catch your breath at an overlook to have it taken away again by Shenandoah National Park's incredible views!/Flickr

Get your steps in, in a big way, on Shenandoah’s 500 miles of renowned hiking trails, which includes a 101-mile portion of the Appalachian Trail. The bonus? You don’t have to worry (as much) about the heat! A few trails that are absolutely spectacular in late summer include White Oak Canyon, Doyles Falls and Old Rag Mountain.

Stargazing

Thanks to its distance from city life and its high elevation, Shenandoah is a fantastic East Coast stargazing spot. Big Meadows and the amphitheater in Skyland are your best shots at catching a glimpse of the Milky Way, constellations and even meteor showers. The Perseid meteor shower puts on quite a show in mid-August.

Wineries

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The park has a variety of difficulties for its trails, making the destination perfect for every hiker./Flickr

There are 22 wineries scattered throughout Shenandoah Valley — the most on the East Coast of the U.S. in one area. Late summer is the perfect time to relax and raise a glass to the region’s diverse, homegrown tastes and flavors.

Complete your summer by venturing into the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah National Park. With lodging right inside the park, you’ll have convenient access to explore to your heart’s content.

Visit goshenandoah.com to book your trip today.

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