Monday, May 6, 2013

Five For the Road: Driving Trips With Gorgeous Vistas

SKYLINE DRIVE, VIRGINIA

Follows the crest of a ridge in the Shenandoah National Park meandering 105 miles between Front Royal and Rockfish Gap (Front Royal, Civil War?).  Speed limit is 35 mph, so not if you're in a hurry.  Make a day of it cruising slow and enjoying 75 scenic overlooks.

To the east, Virginia's uplands and west the Blue Ridge Mountains.

They don't mow the sides of the road, so lots of wildflowers and wildlife (even 300 to 500 black bears.

President Hoover used drought-relief funds to start its construction in 1931.  Then, Roosevelt's Civilian Conservation Corps came and added the rock barrier walls, picnic grounds and Big Meadows Lodge.

That has the be close to, if not on, the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Someplace Else to Drive.  --RoadDog

1 comment:

DennyG said...

Skyline Drive is in Shenandoah National Park. Its south end connects with the Blue Ridge Parkway's north end for 578 (109+469) miles of great scenery.