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Shenandoah National Park: Self-Driving Audio Guide

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Activity provider: Action Tour Guide

Shenandoah National Park: Self-Driving Audio Guide

Activity provider: Action Tour Guide

From US$ 10 per person

Take a self-guided tour along the scenic Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park. Benefit from information from local experts as you are guided from stop to stop along the way.

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English

Experience

Highlights
  • Immerse yourself in the Shenandoah Valley with a self-driving audio guide
  • Learn about local history as you go
  • Get the inside track on the world-famous Appalachian Trail
  • Enjoy a guide curated by local guides and curated by creative writers
  • Use the map as you go from stop to stop on your journey
Full description

Explore the Skyline Drive of Shenandoah National Park on a self-guided driving audio tour. Discover some of the beautiful scenery and learn about local history with commentary provided on the app.

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one.

Begin at the northern end of the park, just outside Front Royal. From here, proceed south onto Skyline Drive and get your first good look at the Shenandoah Valley. The first trail you’ll reach is the Fox Hollow Trail, a great beginner hike with some intriguing history along the route.

After passing the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center, arrive at the Signal Knob Overlook, offering not just some incredible views, but also a glimpse into Appalachia’s Civil War history. As you continue south past a few more great overlook points, you’ll hear about Shenandoah’s tribes dating all the way back to the Ice Age.

Then you’ll get your first good look at the famous Appalachian Trail, where the nation’s most hardcore hikers test their mettle. Continuing on, learn all about the Iroquois Confederacy, the Iroquois Wars, and what happened when Europeans arrived in Shenandoah.

Reach the Stony Man Mountain Trail, a perfect spot for inexperienced hikers or families to get in some steps. That’s followed closely by the Limberlost Trail, featuring educational brochures for younger travelers.

Up next is Crescent Rock Overlook, a phenomenal spot to watch the sunset. But don’t worry if the sun’s not setting as you reach it—the views are still spectacular.

Drive toward the next pair of great overlooks and hear how the park actually came to be, including how the Great Depression played an important role. At the Point Overlook, up next, you’ll find out all about the rich history of the deceptively humble town of Elkton. Then it’s on to the Bearfence Mountain Trail for the more adventurous and experienced hikers.

Beyond that is the South River Falls Trail, offering up-close views of a stunning 83-foot waterfall. Continuing on past another few overlooks where you’ll definitely want to snap some photos. Arrive at the Blackrock Summit Trail, offering the chance to hike just a small portion of the Appalachian Trail to see what all the fuss is about.

After a picture-perfect overlook of Crimora Lake, you’ll come to Calf Mountain Overlook, another beautiful spot to catch the sunset. Your tour will conclude just past here, at Rockfish Gap.

Includes
  • Self-guided tour through the Action Tour Guide app
  • Unique password (sent by email) for access
  • Live GPS map on your phone
  • Offline functionality
  • Audio narration
  • Written text explanations
  • Route from stop to stop
  • List of stops along the route
  • Entry to paid attractions
  • Vehicle rentals
  • Food or drinks
  • Transportation
  • Parking
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

This is a self-guided experience and not an entrance ticket. It begins at Shenandoah National Park, Front Royal Entrance Station, 17157 Skyline Dr, Front Royal, VA 22630, USA. Be sure to check your email before you begin to download the Action Tour Guide app, enter your unique password, and access your tour. These steps require good data/wifi. From there, simply follow the audio instructions and the route. Have questions? Visit Action Tour Guide’s Help page: https://actiontourguide.com/faq/

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Important information

What to bring

  • Charged Smartphone
  • Your own vehicle

Know before you go

  • You only need to book one tour per vehicle, not per person
  • This is a self-guided tour; no guide will accompany you. The Action Tour Guide app functions as a guide, an audio tour, and a map
  • This is not an entry ticket
  • Please arrange for a vehicle before you take the tour. You only need to book one tour per vehicle, not per person
  • After the booking, you will receive an email with a link to the Action Tour Guide app and a unique password to access the tour within the app
  • This tour has been developed by local guides, curated by creative writers, and narrated by professional voice artists
  • Most stops along the tour have animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or interior rooms
  • This tour is valid forever, from the moment of booking. You will not need to change the booking if your travel plans change
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

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June 22, 2022

Lots of new information. Well presented.

June 2, 2022

The app was easy to download and run. The information was interesting and different from park literature focusing more on the human history of the area.

June 2, 2022

Product ID: 411100