Places I Want to Visit in Virginia: Skyline Drive

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By daveynin from United States (Skyline Drive road) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Our new home is only 45 minutes from and entrance to Shenandoah National Park. One feature of the park is Skyline Drive, which runs 105 miles along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The road is only 35 mph with the intent of making the trip a relaxing pleasurable drive, and because of the abundant wildlife that frequently crosses the road.

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By Ad Meskens (Own work) [Attribution, GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The drive is dotted with 75 scenic overlooks, hiking trails (many that lead to waterfalls) and picnic areas. There are several entrances/exits, so we don’t have to drive the full thing in one day. It will be $20 for our vehicle for a day/weekend visit, but we can buy an annual pass for $40 that covers both of us.

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By Philip N. Wheeler (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

I’m very anxious to check this place out (even though mountain roads make me nervous…the low speed limit, and how viewing the park is its only purposes makes me more comfortable with it).

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