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General Information

Description - This historic and beautiful drive is among the nation's first driving tours. For generations it has offered panoramic views of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah Valley. The 105-mile-long road gracefully meanders along the mountaintops of Shenandoah National Park. Today, the Drive offers easy access to numerous visitor centers, campgrounds and hiking trails serving as a backbone to the park's circulation system.

Recreation - At the southern tip of Skyline Drive begins the Blue Ridge Parkway which travels into North Carolina. There are numerous caverns, state parks, wineries, bed and breakfasts, river outfitters, golf courses, museums and more throughout this tourist area.

Climate - The mountains in Shenandoah National Park are usually ten degrees cooler than the valley below, but provide pleasant summer weather for outdoor activities. Summer afternoon showers are the norm and weather changes quickly. Winters can be severe with snow and ice. Layered clothing is recommended throughout the year to ensure comfort with any forecast.

Location - The Park lies in northwestern Virginia along the Blue Ridge Mountains between the Shenandoah River, to the west, and the Piedmont country, to the east. The site is approximately 75 miles west of Washington, D.C. between Front Royal in the north and Waynesboro in the south. Skyline Drive travels the entire length of Shenandoah National Park.


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Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Always a relaxing, enjoyable and memorable time with every visit. I'm there three to four times a month. I have a website that I've dedicated lots of time to so others may be encouraged to enjoy the park. (http://members.aol.com/adnascar/skylinedrive.html) The best part --- the overlooks. Day or night, it just defies words. The resort lodges, cabins and restaurants are wonderful. Certainly worth a family vacation for anyone who loves the mountains.

Filed By: Blaine (Syracuse, NY)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We went in mid-April, and the mountains were beautiful, and the weather was chilly but comfortable. At the lower elevations the panoramic views were stunning, and we encountered very few other people on this Thursday afternoon. As we reached the top it became very cloudy and we saw a multitude of deer along the roadside, but it was well worth the views on the way up and the way down. We would highly highly recommend this trip to anyone else.


More Information

Contact Information:
Skyline Drive - Shenandoah National Park, 3655 US Hwy 211E. , Luray, VA, 22835-9036, Phone: 540-999-3503

Additional Information:
Shenandoah Valley Travel Region - The Shenandoah Valley Travel Region is home to two State Parks, one National Park, the Appalachian Trail, several natural area preserves, several large lakes and the lovely Skyline Drive.
Virginia Scenic Byways - Virginia Scenic Byways are a wonderful way to visit the Commonwealth. From historic treasures to mountain views, the byways offer a comfortable choice in sight seeing.

Links:
Blue Ridge Parkway - Association Website
Shenandoah National Park - Official agency website

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