Shenandoah Valley, Va., 3 Nights, From $480

Take in postcard-perfect views along Skyline Drive, hike the Appalachian Trail, and explore wildlife in the Jeremy’s Run Valley.

Shenandoah Valley, Virginia

A view from the Shenandoah River State Park.

(Courtesy Waldo Jaquith/Flickr)

The Real Deal This backpacking adventure, which sets out from the REI store in Fairfax, Va., includes two nights at a campsite on the banks of the Piney River and one night camping next to Jeremy’s Run; accommodations in two-person tents; three breakfasts, lunches, and dinners; group cooking gear; services of professional guides with guided hikes along the Piney Branch Trail, the Appalachian Trail, and Jeremy’s Run Valley; shuttle transfers between trailheads; campsite and permit fees; from $480 per person—including all taxes and fees.

When Depart May 12, 19, June 2, 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 2, 22, Oct. 6, 13, 2011.

The Fine Print The starting rate is for REI members; add $35 for non-members. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is not available for this trip. Lifetime REI membership is $20 per person. Transfers from the airport to the meeting point in Fairfax, Va., are not included. REI recommends taking a taxi, which costs about $25. Average group size ranges from 4 to 10 participants. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book By No deadline; based on availability.

Contact REI Adventures, 800/622-2236,   

Why It’s a Deal The cost of this trip breaks down to about $160 a night and it includes all meals, three nights camping, guided hikes, transportation from the campsite to trailheads, and all taxes and fees.  

Optional activities not available outside the scheduled itinerary.  While extra camping nights cannot be added, you can book pre- or post-trip nights in the area independently, provided that you have your own mode of transportation. Just to give you an idea, nightly rates at the Shenandoah Valley Farm and Inn start from $85 per room, based on double occupancy. A night in nearby Washington, D.C. at Hotel Harrington starts from $145 per room in mid-May.

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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