Day Trips for Free in Lexington, VA

Day Trips for Free in Lexington, VA

Three hours southwest of Washington, D.C. lies the beautiful and historic city of Lexington, Virginia found within the Shenandoah Valley. Lexington is proud to be the home of the Washington and Lee University (W&L) and the Virginia Military Institute (VMI). But besides these tourist attractions, the Rockbridge County area also offers more than a hundred cultural and historical sites for the history buffs. The city of 7,000 inhabitants has also been a shooting location for at least six battle movies, including Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds.

Lexington also has many sights and attractions to offer for the budget traveler. Stay at an affordable Lexington bed and breakfast and consider the following landmarks when you visit!

Stroll inside the W&L and VMI campuses.

These two educational institutions are the top places to visit in Lexington, based on Trip Advisor reviews. A big attraction is the cadet parade at the VMI, which you can check on their website’s calendar of events. The VMI cadets march in their uniform on the school grounds and the parade is a great spectacle for locals and visitors alike. The beautiful campus is like taking a time travel to the civil war period, and the Jackson Memorial Hall is also not to be missed.

Tour the Virginia Horse Center.

The 600-acre equestrian center is one of the finest in the U.S. and is the venue of many local, nationwide, and international horse competitions and events. The entrance is free but some events may need a ticket to get in.

Visit the George Marshall Museum.

Just next to the VMI is the George Marshall Museum, named after the organizer of victory in World War II and author of the Marshall Plan. There is no entrance fee but donations are welcome.

Visit the Lee Chapel and Museum.

Pay homage to the tomb of the great Confederate general, his family, as well as his trusted horse, Traveler. The museum also exhibits his and his family’s belongings, and the famous Edward Valentine statue portraying General Lee resting on the battlefield.

Taste fine wines at the Rockbridge Vineyard.

Open from May to October, the Rockbridge Vineyard houses the finest wines in the state of Virginia. Witness how wine is made from the fermenting area to the barrel cellar, up to the tasting room.

Visit the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery.

Lexington was a significant battlefield during the civil war and now it is the site of the burial ground of Stonewall Jackson, 144 Confederate veterans, two Virginia governors, and Margaret Junkin Preston, the Confederate’s Poet Laureate.

This travel guide is provided to you by Andrea from Hummingbird Inn, a Lexington VA bed and breakfast.