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Skyline Drive

Shenandoah National Park, VA
+1 540-999-3500
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Always beautiful

Have been on this drive before, but recently enjoyed it on a perfectly beautiful day. So many... read more

Reviewed 28 July 2016
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Beautiful scenery, impressive views

Great drive through amazing mountain scenery with numerous scenic vistas/lookouts where you can... read more

Reviewed 27 July 2016
Harrisburg PA
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105-mile scenic drive built in the 1930's goes through the entire length of the park.
  • Excellent77%
  • Very good18%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“speed limit” (152 reviews)
“pull offs” (55 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Shenandoah National Park, VA
+1 540-999-3500
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Reviewed 28 July 2016

Have been on this drive before, but recently enjoyed it on a perfectly beautiful day. So many opportunities to pull over and enjoy the amazing views. Saw some deer and had a close encounter (from the car) with a black bear. If you have the...More

1  Thank 590jvoss1
Reviewed 27 July 2016

Great drive through amazing mountain scenery with numerous scenic vistas/lookouts where you can pull off the main road to enjoy the scenery. Hazy during the Summer months. Several bears were visible roadside. The availability of restaurant quality food was a welcome surprise, and camping and...More

1  Thank USTravelLover
Reviewed 27 July 2016

This drive was a delightful break from typical freeway routes. We had perfect weather and enjoyed most of the 75 overlooks. Seniors can gain lifetime National Park entry for $10.00. What a bargain.

1  Thank julijewels
Reviewed 27 July 2016

I have traveled on the skyline drive on several times on both a motorcycle and a car. There are numerous places to stop and view the beautiful valleys and mountains. The speed limit is 35 and if you want to enjoy the scenario you will...More

Thank ltownwrangler
Reviewed 26 July 2016

There is a lot to see, but for even a day or two, a lot can be done. I would highly recommend staying at a neaby cabin and doing one part of the 105 mile drive and doing another. If you want to do a...More

1  Thank Justin K
Reviewed 26 July 2016

A beautiful twisting mountainy road with many pullouts (called overlooks) to take in the distant views. Speed limit is 35 MPH for a reason. At any time wildlife might step out from the thick forest into your path. Be alert and be prepared to stop....More

1  Thank Robert K
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Beautiful drive, very scenic, but with this comes slower paced driving. Be ready for 2 hands on the steering wheel and 25-35 mph even with no additional traffic. Many roadside pull offs to soak in the scenery and allow some of the faster drivers to...More

Thank Heather H
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Beautiful views, 35 mph, but the curves and hills are just breath taking. MUST visit a visitor center. Gotta do this on a motorcycle at least once in your life. Take 250 North if you are heading back up!

2  Thank pagirl2016
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Driving the skyline drive in Shenandoah National Park is a very scenic drive and has many turnouts and short hikes to get our and explore. It also provides some relief from the summer heat. You do need an NPS pass or pay the fee.

Thank K J
Reviewed 26 July 2016

What a great way to travel and see all the sights in the park. We saw bear and deer engaging in their native habitat and enjoyed to cool weather and laid back atmosphere. All park facilities and staff were professional and helpful. We WILL be...More

Thank Terry R
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
We are planning on doing Skyline Drive on our way back to Chicago from D.C. If we don't want to do the entire 105 scenic drive, is there a way to re-connect to the Interstate? Thanks!
20 June 2017|
Response from Sandy H | Reviewed this property |
You'll get a map as you enter so you can see where you can get off and connect back with the interstate.
Poulami M
Hi, I am planning to have a trip to Skyline Drive this July. I will start from Frederick MD. I have a plan to visit Luray Caverns through 340 and then 211 to enter through Thornton Gap entrance. I am not an expert driver and getting really intimidated by the curvy mountain roads. My question is how difficult it is to drive on the stretch from Thornton to Skyland resort? Is there any better route option? Google map points out this road to be of restricted usage. I am not sure what does that mean. Are there any restrooms available along this stretch? Where should I pay the park fee? Can I pay it advanced online? All suggestions are welcome. Thank you!
19 June 2017|
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Response from Sandy H | Reviewed this property |
I got on in the Luray area. You get a map when you pay your fee and enter the park. It will show you where there are restrooms and places to get off to go back down. There are no semis and when I was there not a lot of... More
Adnan H
Is this just a drive? I am coming from D.C., where should I start?
10 June 2017|
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Response from Sandy H | Reviewed this property |
It is a two lane slow speed highway. You can't just get on and off as you like as far as going back down the mountain but there are enough exits off the mountain that you don't have to drive the whole thing.