Every day is guaranteed to be the best adventure yet when you spend your vacation hours exploring the beauty of Smith Mountain Lake, but for some of our guests, the thought of exploring a place they have never visited before can be troubling. Fortunately, we have always felt that the best way to get to know a new area is by taking a tour, and this guide to the top tours to experience in the towns and villages that edge up to Smith Mountain Lake will help anyone get over their fears of the unknown!

Ahoy There!

Our towns were built on the peace, tranquility, and beauty of Smith Mountain Lake, so the best way to get to know the area is by taking a tour of the lake itself with Virginia Dare Cruises! Offering sightseeing cruises led by the most knowledgeable captains in the region, the Virginia Dare is a replica of 19th-century paddleboats, giving elegance to the tour. Get comfortable as you cruise by islands big and small, osprey nests, and an old tobacco barn that is rumored to be one of the oldest in the region. Obviously, you will see more than that on your two-hour tour, but you have to admit it’s a great start!

Wine Is Always the Right Answer

Not all tours have to involve historical facts and a guide filled with infinite knowledge of what’s being toured. As a matter of fact, the best tours often involve many sips of your new favorite wines, and the Bedford Wine Trail, which is entirely self-guided, is one of our favorites. Download the map found here and start an adventure of good taste you will never want to end! We recommend spreading the tour out over a few days, as there are six wineries and a large selection of wines to sip.

When History and the Present Collide

This part of the country is where much of our nation’s history began, and Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest is all the proof you need! Built to be a retreat for one of our more famous presidents, it is a perfect example of the upscale lifestyles of the affluent leaders at that time. Located in nearby Forest, Virginia, when you take a tour of this magnificent manse, you will discover a world in which history and the present collide.

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