Top 10 Day Trips Around Lynchburg, Virginia

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So you’ve got a day open this weekend, and you really want to explore destinations outside of Lynchburg, but within reasonable driving distance. The east coast, and Virginia in particular, is rich in history and unique cultural scenes. So when you’re up for a non-overnight getaway, try one of these top 10 day trips around Lynchburg:

 

1. The indoor waterpark at Massanutten Resort

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  • 84 degrees year-round, this indoor waterpark features slides, a current river, kiddie pools, surfing, and more
  • 1-way driving time from Lynchburg = 2 hours

 

2. Downtown Roanoke

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  • Visit the community market, the overlook at the Roanoke Star, the Mill Mountain Zoo, or listen to a concert by the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra
  • 1-way driving time from Lynchburg = 1 hour

 

3. Raleigh, NC

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  • Indulge in southern cuisine, browse eclectic art galleries, and shop till you drop
  • 1-way driving time from Lynchburg = 2.5 hours

 

4. Natural Bridge and Luray Caverns

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  • Marvel at the 20-story tall Natural Bridge and descend 34 stories underground to explore the deepest caverns on the east coast
  • 1-way driving time from Lynchburg = 1 hour

 

5. Colonial Williamsburg

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  • Travel back in time to the 18th-century town that was at the heart of the American revolution
  • 1-way driving time from Lynchburg = 3 hours

 

6. Charlottesville

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  •  Home to the University of Virginia and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, this city is rich in history and culture
  • 1-way driving time from Lynchburg = 1 hour

 

7. Short Pump Town Center in Richmond

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  • This outdoor mall offers a plethora of shopping and dining the whole family will enjoy
  • 1-way driving time from Lynchburg = 2 hours

 

8. Historic Lexington

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  •  Visit the home of Stonewall Jackson and the parade grounds at the Virginia Military Institute
  • 1-way driving time from Lynchburg = 1.5 hours

 

9. Appomattox Courthouse

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  • See the place where our nation reunited when Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered the confederate army on April 9, 1865
  • 1-way driving time from Lynchburg =  30 minutes

 

10. Smith Mountain Lake

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  • Shop, dine, and play at Bridgewater Plaza or rent a boat for the day to enjoy the water
  • 1-way driving time from Lynchburg = 1 hour

 

Grab some comfortable walking shoes and take the whole family for a spontaneous trip to enjoy all that the region has to offer. Bon voyage!

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