Skyline Drive: Virginia's most scenic road
Most people flock to Shenandoah National Park for hiking. But you don’t have to be an avid hiker to experience all Shenandoah has to offer. With 105 miles of road to explore, Skyline Drive has everything you need to satisfy your need for fresh mountain air and photo-worthy views.
Save this post if you're planning a drive along this 85-year old scenic route atop the Blue Ridge Mountains.
1. Entrances are located at Front Royal, Thornton Gap, Swift Run Gap, and Rockfish Gap. Front Royal and Thornton Gap are closest to Washington, DC.
2. There's 75 overlook stops offering unique views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley.
3. Mary's Rock Tunnel (pictured here) is the only vehicular tunnel in the park and took months of drilling and blasting to create. To get here, head south from the Thornton Gap entrance. 𝐁𝐎𝐍𝐔𝐒: there's a lookout point here as well!
4. Skyline Drive runs north to south, making this an ideal sunrise/sunset drive as the road weaves along the mountain ridges, providing views from both directions.
5. Need a break from all that driving? Hiking trails of all degrees of difficulty are accessible from Skyline Drive. Check out my favorite local hiking site @hikingupward to plan your hike.
6. The park fee is $30/car. NPS annual passes and Shenandoah Park Passes are also accepted.
7. The drive back to Washington, DC offers an abundance of chances to sample Virginia wine, beer, and spirits. 𝐌𝐲 𝐏𝐢𝐜𝐤: Head to @little_washington_winery for local wine with a 5-star mountain view.