Explore the intriguing underground Shenandoah Caverns and wonder at their beauty. The limestone formations are situated a few miles away from New Market and pose a great attraction for tourists who come here to explore the mystery behind these caves. Having been featured in National Geographic magazine, these caverns are of huge interest, especially to geologists. Few of the formations not be missed during your visit here include Capitol Dome, Diamond Castle and Rainbow Lake.
The Frontier Culture Museum is committed to showcasing the history and traditions of people from all over the world during different periods. Walk through the museum on a self-guided tour and see how people used to live on a 1700s West African Farm, a 1600s English Farm, and an 1820s American Farm. Talk to the costumed museum employees and learn what life was like during that time. This living history museum will make you feel like you've stepped back in time.
Deep in the Shenandoah River valley, wild landscapes forged by the Blue Ridge mountains rise and fall in dramatic intervals, even as the crisp mountain air comes alive with dulcet birdsong. This is the untamed beauty of the Shenandoah National Park, a state treasure lanced by backcountry hiking trails, breathtaking driving paths, and a vibrant wildlife. The park centers around the soaring beauty of Hawksbill Mountain, which is its highest peak at 4,050 feet (1234.44 meters). Around the mountaintops, a captivating scenery unfolds as per nature's myriad whims, ranging from a billion-year-old rocky terrain, to waterfalls of various shapes, sizes, and cascades. Under a canopy of oak and chestnut trees thrives an incredible wildlife consisting of animals like the black bear and the white-tailed deer. Those who hike through the park's enchanting trails are guaranteed a sight of the undulating mountains in the distance as they stand encircled by a mystical shade of blue.
Natural Chimneys Park is known fits limestone formations that tower up to 120 feet (36.6 meters) off the ground, and look like chimneys. These unique rock formations were creating millions of years ago when the land was still under the ocean. The Natural Chimneys Park also has a camp site that houses a large swimming pool and a massive trail that facilitates biking as well as hiking. This place is a popular family picnic spot and a geological heaven for travelers.
An integral part of the Newtown Historic District, Trinity Episcopal Church is a welcoming and warm parish. Founded in 1746, this is currently the third church structure built. Featuring a Gothic Revival construction style, this church underwent extensive restorations and remodeling in 2000. A church steeped in rich history, it is renowned for its Neo-Gothic design, striking stained glass windows, and breathtaking pipe organ. Step back in time while walking by the beautiful lush churchyards and the intricate labyrinth. Visit to have a transcendental experience.
Nestled on the corner of Augusta Street and West Beverly Street is Camera Heritage Museum which has on display an extensive camera collection. This grand museum has over 6500 cameras, photographs, and accessories from all over the world open for public viewing. Take a historical walk with unique and antique cameras being the centerpiece here. A storehouse of information, here you can find the evolution of cameras from the 19th Century till date. Polaroids, Konicas, Kodaks, Leicas, and Rikens, are among the few brands exhibited here. A visit to this museum is every photographer, photophile, and shutterbug's fantasy fulfilled.
Staunton National Cemetery is situated in the center of Shenandoah Valley and is the final abode for Civil War veterans and other fallen heroes. Featuring 994 tombs, it opened in 1866 and was labeled a national cemetery within two years after opening. The historic graveyard is divided into five burial grounds and spans across 1.15 acres (0.47 hectares). It features a late 19th-century superintendent’s lodge with a unique French roof. The Staunton National Cemetery was founded by the Federal Government for the Union soldiers who perished in the battles of the the valley. Of the reburied soldiers from the various other Virginia battlefields, 518 were listed as unknown. It is the resting ground of war troupers from Civil War to Vietnam.