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Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Shenandoah National Park?

You should plan to spend around $125 per day on your vacation in Shenandoah National Park. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $28 on meals
  • $70 on local transportation
  • $106 on hotels

A one week trip to Shenandoah National Park for two people costs, on average, $1,748. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

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  • 2 Weeks Per person
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  • One Week For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Shenandoah National Park cost?

A one week trip to Shenandoah National Park usually costs around $874 for one person and $1,748 for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Shenandoah National Park on average costs around $1,748 for one person and $3,496 for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Shenandoah National Park will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Shenandoah National Park on average costs around $3,746 for one person and $7,492 for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Shenandoah National Park has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Shenandoah National Park expensive to visit?

Prices in Shenandoah National Park are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within North America, which is known to be an expensive region, Shenandoah National Park is a reasonably affordable destination compared to other places. It is in the top 25% of cities in North America for its affordability. You can find more affordable cities such as Vernon, but there are also more expensive cities, such as Key West.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Shenandoah National Park Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Shenandoah National Park?

The average Shenandoah National Park trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Shenandoah National Park travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $106
Local Transportation 1 $70
Food 2 $28
Entertainment 1 $34
Alcohol 2 $4 - 11
Accommodation Budget in Shenandoah National Park
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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Shenandoah National Park is $53. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Shenandoah National Park is $106. This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

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Transportation Budget in Shenandoah National Park
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Shenandoah National Park is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $70 per person, per day, on local transportation in Shenandoah National Park.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to Shenandoah National Park
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Rental Cars in Shenandoah National Park
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Food Budget in Shenandoah National Park
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  • While meal prices in Shenandoah National Park can vary, the average cost of food in Shenandoah National Park is $28 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Shenandoah National Park should cost around $11 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Shenandoah National Park is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Shenandoah National Park
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  • Entertainment and activities in Shenandoah National Park typically cost an average of $34 per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

Alcohol Budget in Shenandoah National Park
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  • The average person spends about $7.14 on alcoholic beverages in Shenandoah National Park per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Shenandoah National Park On a Budget
Shenandoah National Park Shenandoah National Park
One of the most visited destinations in the eastern part of the United States, Shenandoah National Park attracts over a million people each year for its beautiful mountain scenery, abundant wildlife, and vibrant colors in the autumn months. Established in 1935, it is the largest fully protected area in the mid-Appalachian region.
Shenandoah National Park encompasses 300 square miles of the Blue Ridge Mountains of the Central Appalachians. The mountains of the park rise above Virginia Piedmont to its east and the Shenandoah Valley to its west, serving several habitats of highlands and lowlands for the wildlife of the region. The Appalachian Mountains are one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world, abundant in woodland and natural streams flowing from the mountains down.

The park has also long served as a refuge for wildlife with over 200 bird species both resident and migratory, more than 50 species of mammals, over 50 reptile and amphibian species, and about 35 species of fish. Some of the more commonly spotted animals in the park include bobcat, raccoon, striped skunk, grey squirrel, groundhog, deer, bear, and cottontail rabbit.

As far as scenery goes, Shenandoah is especially vibrant during the fall foliage months, though equally beautiful in spring when the wildflowers and trees are in full bloom.
Throughout the park, there are three centers for visitors. Dickey Ridge Visitor Center is located at mile 4.6 on Skyline Drive, Harry F. Byrd Sr. Visitor Center is located at mile 51 on Skyline Drive, and Loft Mountain Information Center is located at mile 79.5 on Skyline Drive. The first two have facilities with restrooms, an information desk, exhibits, videos, sales, publications, maps, backcountry permits, and first aid. Additionally, there are three lodges in the park-Skyland Resort, Big Meadows Lodge, and Lewis Mountain Cabins. It is necessary to have reservations for these as they can be booked for months, especially in high season. There are also a handful of campgrounds available by reservation and first-come first-served basis. These include Matthews Arm, Big Meadows, Lewis Mountain, and Loft Mountain. Most sites include flush toilets and a camp store; some also feature coin showers, coin laundry, and a dump station. Six primitive cabins are available in the park as well, maintained by the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. Then there is the option for backcountry camping, for which you need a free permit, attainable on the park website or at one of the visitor centers.

Just taking the ride along Skyline Drive, which has been designated a National Scenic Byway, has become a popular activity for people visiting the park. Running 105 miles north and south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains with a max speed limit of 35 mph, Skyline Drive can take about 3 hours to travel the length of the park. You can enter the drive at Front Royal near Rt. 66 and 340, Thornton Gap at Rt. 211, Swift Run Gap at Rt. 33, and Rockfish Gap at Rt. 64 which continues south as the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Hiking is another popular activity, with over 500 miles of hiking trails, including 100 miles of the well-known Appalachian Trail. Some of the more popular hikes include:

Old Rag: a 7.2-mile loop that covers forests, hollows, and a rocky peak with breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.

Stony Man: a gentler, 1.6-mile scenic trail that ends in a beautiful overlook (mile 41.7 on Skyline Drive)

Little Stony Man: a 0.9-mile hike with gorgeous views (mile 39.1 on Skyline Drive)

Dark Hollow Falls: a 1.4 mile trail descending to a waterfall. The hike can be turned into a loop that reaches the Rose River Falls for a 3-hour hike through woods and along several streams with cascades and waterfalls (mile 50.7 on Skyline Drive)
Food and Dining
For the most part, it is best to bring your own food into the park. There are six official picnic spots and other areas where visitors can eat their own food, as well as designated places with grates for building cooking fires. It is important to be well-stocked on food and water if you plan on being in the park for a few days, though there are camp stores located at or near all of the authorized camp ground areas if you do need to restock. As to places inside the park serving food, Elkwallow (mile 24.1) serves a small selection of sandwiches and grilled food, Skyland (mile 41.7) offers dining with a view in its own complex, Big Meadows Wayside (mile 51.2) offers eat-in and take-away with country food and cakes, Big Meadows Lodge (mile 51.2) has a rustic dining room, and Loft Mountain (mile 79.5) has dining with inside and outside seating.

The nearest major airport to the park is Washington Dulles International Airport.

The best way to get into the park and explore its sights is by car. Route 522 brings visitors to the northern entrance at Front Royal, Route 211 crosses the park in the northern part at Thornton Gap, Route 33 crosses in the southern part, and then the southern entrance can be accessed by both I-64 and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

There are fees to enter the park, costing $10 per vehicle Dec-Feb and $15 per vehicle Mar-Nov. It is $10 per motorcycle, and if you are arriving on foot, bicycle, or bus, the charge per person is $5 Dec-Feb and $8 Mar-Nov. These passes are valid for up to 7 days in the park. You can also purchase an annual pass for $30, or an Interagency Pass valid good for several parks costing $80. Once inside the park, Skyline Drive is the only road running from the northern entrance to the one on the south end.

Since roads are limited to Skyline Drive, it is best to leave your car at a trail head and enjoy the sights and trails of the park on foot.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.

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