Staunton Travel Guide

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Staunton Things to Do

  • Staunton's Well-preserved Downtown

    Staubton's downtown area is full of well-preserved historic buildings, and worth a visit. Many of the buildings were design by Thomas Jasper Collins, a local architect who was active in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Downtown Staunton numerous shops and restaurants, as well as a theatre and the historic Stonewall Jackson Hotel. The historic...

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  • Woodrow Wilson Birthplace and Museum

    Woodrow Wilson, the US president during World War I, was born in Staunton in 1856, while his father served as a minister there. Today, the house in which Wilson spent his first few years is open for tours. The tours take about 30 minutes and cover the house and the storyof Wilson's early life. Next to the house is another building that houses a...

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  • Visitors Center

    This is the perfect place to learn about the town, and about any other attractions nearby. The staff are very helpful.

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  • Self-Guided Tour of Downtown

    The Visitors Center gives out free maps of the town. One provides a self-guided tour of the historic downtown area. All of these places are within easy walking distance of each other.

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  • Luray Caverns -not just another hole in...

    We went to Luray on Sunday, July 6th. It was GREAT. They really had their process down, and it worked well. There wasn't much of a line to get in when we got there around 11 AM, and we went right down in. They had friendly, talkative guides posted at various points throughout the cavern to tell guests about it, answer questions, take photos, and...

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  • Monticello

    We visited Monticello on Saturday, July 5th. Get there early in the day. The tickets are sold with a future time on them, then you get on the shuttle bus and go up to the house. There can be a delay of hours in the time the shuttle drops you off and the time your tour starts because of the numbers of people ahead of you. We were lucky - we only had...

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  • Frontier Culture Museum

    This Living History museum is dedicated to the early settlers of this region. They came from many places, but the largest number came from England, Ireland, and the Rhineland-Palatinate (now western Germany). These hardy people tamed a wild frontier. Their lives, very tough by our standards today, are preserved here.There are three different parts,...

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  • Trinity Episcopal Church

    This church has some fine architecure and more importantly some elegant stained glass windows. The windows represent main precepts in the episcopal faith and are done in muted colors that add to their beauty.Remember, this is a Church that is open to the public (not an official tourist site). If you are going to take photos of the stained glass...

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  • You can Bank on it.....

    This is a little half-hour side-trip that you can bank on being interesting.The Museum Of Bank History has some local and some federal trivia and memorabilia about the banking industry and the part banks played in history. Some of the instruments on display are 200 years old. The attendants have a short spiel about local banking and the growth of...

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  • yet another rave for Frontier Culture...

    We got there the week before the 4th of July, 2005 . Other Virtual Tourists have highlighted the English/Irish portions so I will fill-in info about the German-American section.The large parking lot with Native American monuments and the gift shop on one side and the Museum entrance on the other. Pay your money get your ticket and walk through the...

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  • Thomas Woodrow Wilson birthplace

    The visit to Wilson's birthplace consists of guided tour through the Staunton Presbyterian Manse and self-guided tour through galleries of Woodrow Wilson Museum placed in seperate chateau style building. There is one of Wilson's cars on display there. Apart from that I saw well maintained gardens around the houses. There is also a small museum...

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  • Gospel Hill Historic District

    There are numerous beautiful old houses around the Thomas Woodrow Wilson birthplace. They are built mostly in late Victorian and late 19th and 20th century revivals style. Some houses are very large and have to cost very much. The district bounded by E. Beverly, N. Market, E. Frederick and Kalorama Sts is called Gospel Hill Historic District and...

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Staunton Restaurants

  • not just ice cream.... it's Klines

    In Rochester, NY, we have a local favorite for ice cream called Abbotts. I have been several places in my travels and had not found an equal in taste and texture to Abbotts until we went to Staunton, VA.At the motel (Sleep Inn), my wife was talking to the desk attendant and happened to mention that she would like to find a place and get a dish of...

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  • The best soup on American soil :-)

    Stop-In Food Store is a chain grocery store. We stopped in Waynesboro on the way from Charlottenville to Staunton. We were looking for some food to buy at low price. That store didn't look attractive to be honest. We didn't buy anything there except home-made, thick, vegetable soup which cost only $0.99. Believe or not, it was probably the best...

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  • Edelweiss

    German food. Great but no too expensive. I think the cook is native to Germany. The first time I went, I got really lousy service. I actually went again and enjoyed it. The black forest cake does not taste frozen. It is light and delicious.

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Staunton Nightlife

  • by bvpshenvalley Written Jan 1, 2003

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    Really nice theatre. They have plays there, but the last time I went, I saw a local guy play music there. There will be some more local music coming soon. I had a seat above the stage and I had a hard time seeing everything. If you go, request a seat near the back.

    Dress Code: The last time I went, I saw corporate casual and jeans.

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Staunton Transportation

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    by matcrazy1 Updated Sep 12, 2006

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    Staunton is located in western region of Virginia, about one hour west of Charlottesville, at southern end of the Shenandoah Valley bounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and the Appalachian and Allegheny Plateaus to the west.

    I drove a car from Charlottesville to Staunton crossing the Blue Ridge Mountains covered by thick fog that October day. Keep in mind that weather may change as soon as you cross the mountains. I didn't want to drive I-64 but some secondary scenic roads but when I got lost for the first time in the USA and could see nothing more than thick fog in the mountains, I hit my car back to I-64.

    Well, I don't know how to pronounce that secret, probably Indian name of Shenandoah although everything is Shenandoah in this part of Virginia: valley, shops, gifts, university, hotels, national park etc. There is also an old (1965) movie - Civil War drama - named Shenandoah but I haven't seen it.

    I-64 THROUGH THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS - WAYNESBORO WAYNESBORO ON THE WAY TO STAUNTON RTE 690 TOWARDS STAUNTON ON THE WAY TO STAUNTON - WAYNESBORO
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Staunton Shopping

  • not much to choose from....

    There were all kinds of small local stores in downtown Staunton, but we could only find this one Mall. It had few name brand stores and very few customers. I am not sure if it was because we were there in the middle of the week or because it was so hot out. We browsed around for about 15 minutes, listening to the echo of our foot steps, then left...

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  • Looking for food at low price?

    It's typical American institution: Wal-Mart store conveniently located by US-250 connecting I-81 with Staunton downtown. It's a place to do shopping at low prices (telephone cards, batteries, food), to develop pictures (Photo Center) and to connect to wireless internet. Like most US Wal-Marts now it offers large and cheap grocery store called Food...

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Staunton Local Customs

  • Staunton Farmers Market

    Places like these farmers' markets lets you see what the people are like in any area.The Staunton Market is fairly large and has an unusually diverse selection of items for sale.Besides the fruits and vegetables, apples and corn they have honey and homemade jam; farmer's soap and bouquets of flowers; pies and cakes. You can see a cooking...

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  • Districts within Staunton

    Generally, Staunton is considered to be five diverse districts combined to make one interesting whole.The Wharf District is registered in the National Registry.This area is from Beverly Street on the north to Wilson Park on the south. It is the historic commerce district with warehouses and wagon paths that developed around the train depot.The...

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  • The Big Dig

    Each house, both old and a new one in Staunton downtown is built in similar old style with brick sidewalks in front of them and historic lights in gardens and along streets. I asked about it in Wilson Museum and I've got to know that the city maintains strict building codes in the historic downtown area so that the area can be used for period...

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Staunton Warnings and Dangers

  • some concern

    Staunton is just below the average crime stats for American cities of similar size.They normally have no murders and few rapes, but burglaries and thefts are not uncommon.Although most tourists will find Staunton a pleasant enough vacation spot, there are 85 registered sex offenders that families with children should be mindful of.(If you want to...

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  • Driving around downtown can be...

    Driving around downtown can be particularly rough. Downtown Staunton is a maze of narrow one-way streets, and as such is quite hard to navigate if you don't know exactly where you're going and how to get there. If you don't know exactly where to turn, you'll be going in circles, trust me.

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Staunton Off The Beaten Path

  • Take the Blue Ridge Parkway!

    Not really an off the beaten path, but a good alternative to the $15 Skyline drive park fee if all you want to do is admire the views. We weren't going to be able to do anything else in the park on this trip, and $15 was a little steep for us to just take a drive and see some vistas, so we opted for the Blue Ridge Parkway, which continues south...

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  • Gypsy Hill Park

    Nice town park with picnic areas, ball fields, some primitive hiking/birding paths. There is even a miniatire train ride for the little kids. At one end of the park is a golf course. There is a pond with ducks to feed or scare (depending on your age).Pavillions and picnic areas had grills for cooking. There were full restroom facilities with...

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Staunton Favorites

  • whether it is

    Staunton has basically two seasons: summer which starts in late April and continues right through into October; and the rest of the year, which is a mix off cool weather, rain, sleet, snow and intermittent sunshine.The long summer-like weather in the hill-lands is hot (with temperatures well into the nineties often) but is moderated by cool breezes...

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  • which 11?

    There are three route 11 in Staunton: US11, US11 Bypass, US11 Business. Being unfamiliar with the area, we often were not sure which route 11 we were on when we tried to find places around the Staunton area. "Does this look familiar?" was a mantra between my wife and myself often during this part of our vacation.TIP: when someone says "off route...

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