I just love road trips, especially through national parks and am always looking for scenic drives. Even if it took me 6 hours to get down here from NYC in Friday night rush hour traffic,Skyline drive, VA, is absolutely magnificent and worth it! I arrived at the north entrance by Front Royal 8am on a Saturday morning at the end of September and the park ranger at the entrance informed me that is was a 'fee-free' day! Yippee! Off to a great start (even if I'd pay the 15 dollars to support this beautiful park any day :)). There are so many amazing lookout points along the route and I'm sure I stopped at at least half of them! There are adjecent hiking trails almost at every look out point, so it is easy to get the exercise done. There are a few visitors centers in the park worth stopping at to watch a movie, enjoy the exhibitions and browse in the shops. Since I decided to start exploring the park early on and going from north to south, I never encountered any crowds or traffic along the route. The 35mph speed limit is just right as the beauty is just overwhelming,especially now with the foliage. The sightings of wildlife included; wrens and hawks, deer, woodchucks, squirrels and even a coyote! A weekend in Shenandoah National Park is a must for anyone who loves nature, epic landscapes and a little bit of 'quiet'.:)
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