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Vibrant Harrisonburg offers history and stunning scenery

Hidden away in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, Harrisonburg serves up an intoxicating mix of history, culture, and scenery. Locals pride themselves on hospitality, so be prepared for plenty of Southern smiles. Steeped in history, Virginia is known as the birthplace of America. Today, a string of Civil War sites offer a fascinating glimpse at the history of Harrisonburg, and the state of Virginia. Of course, no trip is complete without exploring the “Big Valley”. Cruise along the Skyline Drive, with Bob Dylan’s “Shenandoah” on repeat. Or, get adventurous with hiking, camping, fishing, horseback riding, birdwatching, canoeing, and more.

Things to do

Something for all the family in Harrisonburg

Get oriented with a visit to the Hardesty-Higgins House Visitor Center, which offers both local and regional information. Then grab a map and hit the Skyline Drive. Thanks to its farming roots, Harrisonburg is big on agritourism. Don’t miss attractions like White Oak Lavender Farm, Mt. Crawford Creamery, and the Back Home on the Farm Adventures. Beyond history, Harrisonburg supports a flourishing arts and culture scene. Catch a show at the Court Square Theater, or visit family-friendly attractions like the Explore More Discovery Museum and Wells Planetarium.

Activities

History and hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Founded in 1750, Harrisonburg’s historic downtown area unlocks a unique glimpse at colonial America. Thanks to its location in the Shenandoah Valley, Harrisonburg also acts as a gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Hike sections of the Appalachian Trail, and explore a myriad of family-friendly outdoor recreation spots. Smitten with Shenandoah? Why not take advantage of Harrisonburg vacation rentals that put you in the heart of the valley? Don’t forget to stock up on treats from Harrisonburg’s smorgasbord of wineries, craft breweries, and cideries.

Weather

A fiery fall display in Harrisonburg

As a 4-season destination, Harrisonburg lends itself to sun, snow, and everything in-between. Though with its fiery display of foliage, Shenandoah National Park is at its busiest during the fall. Daytime temperatures are mild, and evenings are cool and crisp. The seasonal colors are stunning, but expect traffic on the Skyline Drive. Thanks to its position in the valley, winter is mild in Harrisonburg. The town looks magical under a dusting of snow, and Harrisonburg vacation rentals mean you can wind up a day of sightseeing by a roaring log fire.

Natural features

A mountain backdrop in Harrisonburg

According to local lore, Shenandoah is named after the Native American word meaning “Daughter of the Stars”. It’s easy to see why, as it’s arguably one of America’s most beautiful destinations. The valley is backed by the rugged Blue Ridge Mountains, and dotted with picturesque settlements like Harrisonburg. Hit the trails, or speed along the Skyline Drive. Pet owners are in luck, because Shenandoah is one of the few national parks that allow leashed dogs on trails. There are plenty of pet-friendly Harrisonburg vacation rentals on offer, which means you don’t have to compromise on comfort when traveling with Fido and the family.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Harrisonburg

The nearest airport is in Weyers Cave, VA (SHD-Shenandoah Valley Regional), located 12.9 mi (20.8 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Charlottesville, VA (CHO-Charlottesville-Albemarle), which is 31.5 mi (50.7 km) away.

Where to stay around Harrisonburg?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 292 vacation rentals near Harrisonburg. From 57 Cabins to 148 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Harrisonburg for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Harrisonburg?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Harrisonburg. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • James Madison University: 295 vacation rentals
  • Shenandoah Heritage Market: 264 vacation rentals
  • Harrisonburg Farmers Market: 297 vacation rentals
  • A Dream Come True Playground: 289 vacation rentals
  • Virginia Quilt Museum: 297 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Harrisonburg listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Harrisonburg?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 57 Cabins in Harrisonburg. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Harrisonburg include:

  • Houses: 148 rentals available
  • Cottages: 57 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 57 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Chalets and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Harrisonburg?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 139 vacation rentals with pool available in Harrisonburg. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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