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Harrisonburg is a city in the US state of Virginia, in a region called the Shenandoah Valley. The city is a major financial and retail center for eight counties in Virginia, and even draws people from parts of neighboring West Virginia. There is a traditionally strong agricultural base, but in recent years there has been tremendous growth in retail and industry sectors.

Get in[edit]

The main way into Harrisonburg is via I-81.

Get around[edit]

There are buses that run in Harrisonburg, and downtown Harrisonburg is compact and walkable. To explore the city, however, you will likely want to have a car.

See[edit][add listing]

  • James Madison University: The University (JMU) has a beautiful campus that is worth exploring. The campus is divided into three sections. The old section is off South Main Street and is referred to as the Quad. It is the prettiest part of campus. The middle of campus is less aesthetically appealing, but the new section of campus is much prettier and features nice views of the mountains.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Clementine's, A nice, colorful bar that features live music.
  • Captain Tee's, South Main St. Has received much appraise on its metal and hardcore shows every weekend, usually F,Sa at 7PM. They usually cost 5 dollars.
  • Go Hiking, Harrisonburg is ideally located near the George Washington National Forest and the Blue Ridge Parkway. There is great hiking in the National Forest. The drive there is also beautiful and passes through Mennonite communities.


The community is a major educational center.

  • James Madison University, [4]. A public university that was found in 1908 and has approximately 16,000 students with a 630 acre campus. Offers both undergraduate and graduate level degrees.
  • Eastern Mennonite University, [5]. A Christian liberal arts university that enrolls approximately 920 students. It is also the home of the Eastern Mennonite Seminary.

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Eat[edit][add listing]

  • The Little Grill [6], A cute, counterculture restaurant in Harrisonburg. Started by JMU students, the restaurant is owned as a collective and serves cheap, unique dishes.
  • Taste of Thai [7], A surprisingly good Thai restaurant
  • Mr. J's Bagels [8], with 3 locations around town, Mr. J's is a local favorite that is often packed on Saturday and Sunday mornings. The Bagels are delicious

Drink[edit][add listing]

Harrisonburg is known for its night life because of JMU students. In downtown Harrisonburg, there are many fun places to drink and many cheap drink specials.

  • Anywhere off Port Republic, JMU has a vibrant party scene. If you are interested on drinking, you can almost always find a free party in the college apartments off Port Republic Rd. Ashby is particularly known for partying.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Ramada Limited Harrisonburg, 1 Pleasant Valley Road, +1 540-434-9981, [9].
  • By the Side of the Road Bed and Breakfast, 491 Garbers Church Rd, (866) 274-4887, [1]. Four main house suites and three private cottages. Fireside whirlpool spa tubs in some rooms. Pets welcome.  edit
  • Comfort Inn Harrisonburg, 1440 E. Market Street (I-81 exit 247-A), 540-433-6066, [2]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 12noon. Complimentary Hot Breakfast Buffet, Free Wireless Internet, 24 hour Fitness Center and Seasonal Outdoor Heated Pool. Pets Welcome.  edit
  • Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Harrisonburg, VA, 27 Covenant Drive Harrisonburg VA 22801, 540-433-2400, [3].  edit

Get out[edit]

  • Reddish Knob,[10] a well known nearby peak that has wonderful views of the Shenandoah Valley. Bill Clinton gave an important speech about the protection of National Forests from the peak of Reddish Knob.
  • Staunton, VA [11], a pretty city 30 minutes south of Harrisonburg.
  • Luray Caverns [12], one of the most detailed, beautiful caverns in the world, about 30 minutes away from Harrisonburg.
  • Manssanutten Resort [13], one of the largest ski resorts in Virginia offering skiing, snowboarding, and tubing plus a golf course and a waterpark.

Routes through Harrisonburg
HagerstownNew Market  N noframe S  StauntonRoanoke

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