3 days in Harpers Ferry & Shenandoah National Park Itinerary

3 days in Harpers Ferry & Shenandoah National Park Itinerary

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3 days in Harpers Ferry & Shenandoah National Park Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
train:  1​h 15​min
1
Harpers Ferry
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Shenandoah National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

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night
Harpers Ferry

Harpers Ferry ©
With a population of less than 300, Harpers Ferry is as quaint as they come.
On the 20th (Fri), admire all the interesting features of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, then get great views at The Point, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ruins of St. John's Episcopal Church. On the next day, hike along Appalachian National Scenic Trail, then see the interesting displays at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, and then partake in some friendly competition at Clue IQ: An Escape Room Experience.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Harpers Ferry travel website .

Washington DC to Harpers Ferry is an approximately 1.5-hour train ride. You can also drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Washington DC in September since evenings lows in Harpers Ferry dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Shenandoah National Park.

Things to do in Harpers Ferry

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Clue IQ: An Escape Room Experience
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Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center ©
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park ©
Clue IQ: An Escape Room Experience ©

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night
Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park ©
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Skyline Drive has been added to your itinerary. On the 22nd (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Dark Hollow Falls, then stroll the grounds of Dean Cemetery, and then admire all the interesting features of Skyline Drive.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Shenandoah National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Harpers Ferry to Shenandoah National Park in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in September, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
Dark Hollow Falls ©
Dark Hollow Falls

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