My original plan going from Washington, D.C. to Nashville was to simply follow the Blue Ridge Parkway a lot of the way, but when I found out about the Skyline Drive through Shenandoah, which is directly connected to the Blue Ridge Parkway and just starts 105 miles north of it, I decided to add that to my itinerary. (I actually ended up just driving the Skyline and skipping the Blue Ridge until much further south).

shenandoah virginia

shenandoah virginia

I have to say, I enjoyed the mountain views better than the valley views. Still, this is a very beautiful drive.

shenandoah virginia

shenandoah virginia

shenandoah virginia

As I said, this is a 105 mile drive and it took me about 4 hours to drive with plenty of photo stops. I took this whole USA trip in May, so I was actually pretty amazed by how many colours the trees were showing. I though it would all be green all over..!

shenandoah virginia

shenandoah virginia

shenandoah virginia

I didn’t meet very many other cars on this drive. Not holiday season yet I guess..

shenandoah virginia

shenandoah virginia

shenandoah virginia

shenandoah virginia

I loved the detail of those little stone fences. They also look better in pictures..!

shenandoah virginia

shenandoah virginia

shenandoah virginia

shenandoah virginia

shenandoah virginia

shenandoah virginia

..But I did meet these guys. A group of middle aged men from France, who told me they cycle this road every year. Another tradition that I unfortunately missed capturing, was their ‘turkey dance’ on top of the fence. Sure did look funny though!

shenandoah virginia

I left the national park and decided to skip the Blue Ridge Parkway following immediately after because first of all I was getting tired, secondly because the next 100 miles of Blue Ridge would probably look a lot like the stretch I had just driven. After leaving Shenandoah I drove straight to Roanoke via the highway. Long driving day when you’re doing it all yourself, but worth it!

Have you done both the Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway? Which was your favourite? Comment below!

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