Day Trips

Bedford Wine Trail

Six Wineries One Big Adventure

Bedford is home to six wineries. Mild winter temperatures, warm summers, fertile soil and the protection of the Blue Ridge Mountains make this Piedmont plateau an exceptional location for excellent grape and fruit harvests used in the production of quality wines.

Visit all six wineries and have your trail map or brochure stamped and return it to the Bedford Welcome Center for a free Bedford Wine Trail glass!

Learn more at thebedfordwinetrail.com


Hunter’s Raid

On May 26, 1864, Union Gen. David Hunter marched south from Cedar Creek near Winchester to drive out Confederate forces, lay waste to the Shenandoah Valley, and destroy the railroads at Lynchburg.

With the help of Virginia Civil War Trails markers and this driving map you can travel along the route of Hunter’s Raid and visit many of sites associated with that 1864 raid, as well as other Civil War places of interest. The route also features some of the most beautiful landscapes and vistas to found in the Commonwealth of Virginia .

Find out more at http://www.huntersraid.org/

National D-Day Memorial

Without question, this is one of the most awe-inspiring memorials ever created. A centerpiece of the 88 acre site is the massive Overlord arch rising above Victory Plaza. It’s massive arch stand high on a hill overlooking the City of Bedford.

Visitors can expect both an educational experience as well as an emotional one, as they walk the grounds at the Memorial and leave with a clear understanding of the scale and sacrifices made during the largest amphibious landing the world has ever seen. On June 6, 1944, 150,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 ships and 11,000 aircraft supported the invasion, and by day’s end, the Allies gained a foot-hold in France. The D-Day cost was high with more than 9,000 Allied soldiers killed or wounded as the march across Europe to defeat Hitler began.


Smith Mountain Lake

Water sports have never known such a home. Nestled in the protective embrace of the mountains, this picturesque lake offers over 20,000 acres of playground for boaters, fishermen, swimmers, skiers, sailors, and water enthusiasts of all ages.

Learn more at http://visitbedford.com/destinations/smith-mountain-lake/

Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

This historic house and beautiful plantation was President Thomas Jefferson’s personal retreat. Today visitors can explore the octagonal house and experience the private side of this great man.

Poplar Forest is open to the public seven days a week, mid-March – December 30 (closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) and on winter weekends, mid-January to mid-March.

Learn more at http://www.poplarforest.org