We visited this in April and while there was a chill in the air, the views were still spectacular. Would be even better in the fall. We drove the entire Skyline Drive and finding a bathroom in April was a challenge - most of the park does not open until 1 May, so be forewarned! You can get off at several exits and find services, though, just not many are right on the parkway in April, except for the Visitor's Center at the northern entrance. The road is very well maintained and there are many pullouts for scenic overlooks. We did find a restaurant that was open in the park and had a nice lunch with a beautiful view. By driving this in April, we pretty much had the drive to ourselves, another plus, and I can see that it would get crowded in the summer. There is a fee for entering the National Park but it is free if you have a Senior Pass, or other National Park pass.
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