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Virginia Scenic Byways

Big Walker Mountain Scenic Byway- Big Walker Mountain Scenic Byway showcases the natural beauty of southwest Virginia and the history of the area. It passes through 16 miles of national forest and private land in Bland and Wythe Counties.
Blue Ridge Parkway Scenic Byway- The Blue Ridge Parkway extends 469 miles through the southern Appalachians of Virginia and North Carolina, linking Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountain National Parks.
Colonial Parkway Scenic Byway- Colonial Parkway is a beautiful drive under a canopy of shady old hardwoods, traveling from Jamestown passing through Williamsburg and into Yorktown. Besides being a wonderful connector between the Historic Triangle, it is one of the loveliest drives in Virginia.
George Washington Memorial Parkway- The parkway, developed as a memorial to the first U.S. President, preserves the natural scenery along the Potomac River and connects several historic sites from Mount Vernon to the Great Falls of the Potomac.
Highlands Scenic Byway- Highlands Scenic Byway is a 19.6 mile elongated loop through the dense forested stream valleys of Brattons Run and Simpson Creek.
Lee's Retreat Historical Driving Tour- Union officer, Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant besieged Petersburg for ten months during the years 1864 and 1865 before he finally severed Confederate General Robert E. Lee's western supply lines in April of 1865. In an effort to regroup the Southern effort, Lee attempted to move his army to Danville. Grant pursued, blocking Lee to the south and preventing his resupply. Lee changed his course and headed to Farmville but Grant surrounded Lee at Appomattox Court House, forcing his surrender on April 9th.
Mount Rogers Scenic Byway- Mount Rogers Scenic Byway is in two sections with both being equally beautiful. The byway is located northeast of Roanoke and is easily accessed from Interstate 81.
Skyline Drive - Shenandoah National Park- Skyline Drive offers one of the most beautiful driving tours in America. President Herbert Hoover authorized road construction funds in 1931 and by 1939 the scenic drive was completed.

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Description - Virginia offers beautiful mountain scenic drives and historic exploration from the visitor's car seat. There are numerous overlooks that provide parking and often times picnicking. The Blue Ridge Parkway travels from the Shenandoah Valley down into the Appalachians of North Carolina weaving along at 45 mph. Many mountain bikers are known to travel along this route that provides visitor centers, hiking and overnight accommodations. The George Washington Memorial Parkway loops around Washington, D.C. offering sights of our nations most well known monuments. The Mount Rogers Scenic Byway carries the traveler to the highest elevations in the Commonwealth and the Colonial Parkway offers a relaxing adventure between some of the nation's finest historical preservations.

Recreation - Viewing beautiful mountain scenery, picnicking, hiking and viewing historical monuments are just some of the enjoyments derived from touring Virginia.

Climate - Virginia, as a whole, experiences high humidity throughout the year. Summers promise high heat and humidity, which can make rigorous activities uncomfortable and difficult. Spring and fall are the best times to visit the area to avoid the heat. The mountains to the coast receive high rainfall during these seasons, so rain gear is recommended. Winter precipitation levels vary from year to year. The humidity makes temperatures feel colder during the winter as it makes the summer temperatures feel hotter. Weather on the coast is generally more mild than that in the piedmont.

Location - Virginia's Scenic Byways are located in the western mountainous area of the state, the busy and highly populated northeast region and in the historical triangle of the Tidewater area.

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Virginia Tourism Corporation, 901 East Byrd Street , Richmond, VA, 23139, Phone: 804-786-2051, Fax: 804-786-1919

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Virginia - The Old Dominion is the Mother of Presidents and the home of more Civil War battles than any other state in the nation. Her geography includes the the oldest mountain range in the country, the Atlantic Ocean and the world's largest estuary.


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