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Harrisonburg, VA
Travel Guide

Harrisonburg featuring heritage architecture

Enjoy the serenity of the surrounding farms and parks and admire the historic buildings in this friendly and artistic town.

Harrisonburg is a fascinating town with a rich history and creative culture in its revitalized downtown district. Stop to see its many art galleries and museums and explore its Newtown zone to learn stories of the former slaves who moved here. Piece together the history of the town through its intriguing relics and structures.

Walk through the downtown area and notice various art studios and galleries that have thrived with the district’s renovation. Get a glimpse into the region’s creativity with a trip to the Virginia Quilt Museum in the 19th-century Warren-Sipe House. The museum hosts temporary exhibits about vintage and modern quilts.

Just across the street is the Explore More Discovery Museum, with a focus on the future. Bring your kids to learn about everything from science to theater from the interactive exhibits.

The region is also known for its family-fun activities. The Massanutten Water Park has an exciting indoor pool with myriad slides, streams and climbing frames. Just north of the water park are the Mountain Greens Golf Course and the Massanutten Ski Resort. Enjoy the snowy winters as you glide down the slopes. Snap photos of the snow-capped Blue Ridge Mountains.

Visit the picturesque countryside in the hot and humid summer. Try the apples and taste the cider at Showalter’s Orchard & Greenhouse. For a change of scenery, delve into the underground caves of the Grand Caverns, where you’ll find fascinating stalactites, stalagmites and flowstone.

The town was named after one of its earliest settlers, Thomas Harrison, who made his home here in the 1730s. Harrisonburg is in the Shenandoah Valley region in the northwestern part of Virginia. Fly to Washington Dulles International Airport and drive west for about 120 miles (190 kilometers) to get here in roughly 2 hours. Visit nearby landmarks, such as the Shenandoah National Park and the George Washington and Jefferson national forests.

Visit Harrisonburg for family-fun activities, hands-on museums and an artistic vibe.

Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Conference Ctr
Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Conference Ctr
3.5 out of 5
710 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA
The price is $109 per night from May 19 to May 19
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Harrisonburg Farmers Market and James Madison University. Virginia Quilt Museum and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (982 reviews)
"Within walking distance of downtown and JMU campus. Would have liked the bar and lounge to have longer hours to relax after a long drive."

Reviewed on May 5, 2021

Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Conference Ctr
Comfort Inn & Suites Harrisonburg
Comfort Inn & Suites Harrisonburg
2.5 out of 5
262 NEFF AVENUE, Harrisonburg, VA
The price is $94 per night from May 23 to May 23
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from A Dream Come True Playground and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from James Madison University. Edith J. Carrier ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (28 reviews)
"5 stars The bed Was the best super soft and comfortable I didn’t want to get out of bed. The bedding was clean and extra towels ..the showers was the icing on the cake. The TV was super sharp. I would highly recommend of and the price was affordable... you can’t go wrong. Only thing was the coffee ..."

Reviewed on May 18, 2021

Comfort Inn & Suites Harrisonburg
Doubletree by Hilton Harrisonburg
Doubletree by Hilton Harrisonburg
3.5 out of 5
1400 East Market Street, Harrisonburg, VA
The price is $106 per night from May 24 to May 24
Situated in the business district, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Edith J. Carrier Arboretum and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from James Madison University. A Dream Come ...
4.2/5Very Good! (602 reviews)
"Not vwry unique but a nice clean hotel oveeall"

Reviewed on May 16, 2021

Doubletree by Hilton Harrisonburg
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Great Five-bedroom Massanutten Lodge for You to Relax -military Discounts Avail
Great Five-bedroom Massanutten Lodge for You to Relax -military Discounts Avail
McGaheysville, VA
This family-friendly McGaheysville resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Massanutten Water Park and Masanutten Ski Resort. Port Republic Museum and Port republic Battle ...
3.9/5Good! (49 reviews)
Great location & spacious house!
"This location is perfect for getting to all of the go-to spots near massanutten. It also has a lot of rooms, and spacious seating in the living area. The house was clean upon arrival and no issues throughout the weekend!"

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2021

Great Five-bedroom Massanutten Lodge for You to Relax -military Discounts Avail
The Summit at Massanutten A Unit
The Summit at Massanutten A Unit
McGaheysville, VA
Situated in McGaheysville, this condo building is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Massanutten Water Park and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Masanutten Ski Resort. Shenandoah National ...
4.3/5Excellent! (3 reviews)
Our stay at Massanutten the summit
"Our stay at Massanutten the summit. We got there to check in at 330 and nobody had a listing for us to check in at I waited till 430 to finally get a hold of everybody where I could check in they gave me the room key and I went to check the room out and it was filthy trash all over the place people ..."

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2020

The Summit at Massanutten A Unit
County Line Sunrise Suite
County Line Sunrise Suite
Weyers Cave, VA
The price is $65 per night from May 20 to May 20
Situated in a rural location, this vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of Rockingham Fairgrounds, Shenandoah Heritage Market, and Augusta Military Academy Museum. ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Wonderful
"It was very, very spacious! I was surprised at that! Very clean! ...no soap for shower, but no worries. ...shower was a little hard to pull out/on...but no worries :) Thank you much!"

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

County Line Sunrise Suite
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Harrisonburg

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4/5 - Good

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May 16, 2020

The city is just a city really not interested in the area

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Apr 14, 2020

The city itself was nice and I found a much cleaner and stable minded hotel down the street.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 14, 2020

The town itself is a college town and the school was in spring break. It was very clean and everyone was very nice. Depending on which side of the hotel you got it was quiet otherwise you can hear all the trucks from the highway.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 1, 2020

Union Station Restaurant is good place to eat in Harrisonburg.

3/5 - Okay

Judi

Feb 29, 2020

Didn't spend any time there. Just traveling through.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 24, 2020

The volunteer at the visitors center was very helpful.

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