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).
I have to say, I enjoyed the mountain views better than the valley views. Still, this is a very beautiful drive.
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..!
I didn’t meet very many other cars on this drive. Not holiday season yet I guess..
I loved the detail of those little stone fences. They also look better in pictures..!
..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!
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!