The Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia offer a breathtaking 105 mile drive which runs through the Shenandoah National park offering a serene escape close to Washington, D.C. Soak in the beauty of the mountains as you cruise along at 35 miles per hour. Driving at this speed has its own charm as you have the leisure to stop at many of the 75 scenic overlooks, and spot any of the woodland animals who call this forest their home. The drive has well-marked mileposts to guide you to points of interest. There is easy access to many levels of hiking trails with some of them leading to waterfalls and campgrounds. The park also includes 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail.
Spring, Summer, or Fall, the mountains put up a spectacular foliage show making this one of the best roads to travel in America according to many travel magazines. And obviously Fall takes the prize as a favorite with its dazzling display of colors. You can always check the Fall Foliage report here: http://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/fall-color.htm before planning your trip.
And nature doesn’t hide its beauty at night – the clear skies offer a perfect spot for star gazing. Free stargazing presentations are set up weekly at the Big Meadows Lodge and the Skyland Resort. The Skyland Resort also boasts of picturesque views as it is located at the highest point along the Skyline Drive. Food and gas are available along the drive so don’t be worried about running out of provisions in the wilderness. Hazardous weather conditions might close the road so be sure to call the park’s recorded information line at (540) 999-3500 ahead of your drive. Lodging at the park is available at Big Meadows Lodge, Skyland Resort and Lewis Mountain Cabins. Reservations in advance are highly recommended.