Road Trip to DC: Shenandoah National Park

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The day after the wedding, Jason and I packed up to hit the road again. One of the benefits of driving was that it enabled us to visit Shenandoah National Park on our way back to Wisconsin. We’re really cruising along on our goal to visit all of the national parks  🙂

Shenandoah National Park

We didn’t know much about Shenandoah before our visit, but we were quick studies.

The major feature of the park is the 105-mile Skyline Drive, which also happens to be the only public road through the park. The road is designed to maximize the great views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia Piedmont, and the Shenandoah Valley. There are overlooks every few miles, providing plenty of opportunities to take pictures and absorb the environment. An excellent feature of the road are the mile posts running the entire length of Skyline Drive. At any given moment, you can know exactly where you are along the road, and you can easily find your way to any point of interest you want to visit.

Skyline Drive

Dickey Ridge Visitor Center along Skyline Drive
Dickey Ridge Visitor Center

Blue Ridge Mountains

Blue Ridge in Fall

Piedmont

Another prominent feature in the park: Deer. We saw deer all over the place, several at a time, who were completely unfazed by the presence of people. The speed limit along Skyline Drive is 35 mph for good reason – the majority of the deer we saw were right along the road.

Deer Crew

Lots of Deer

No joke – We were seriously this close.
Buck

We stayed at Skyland Resort, located at the highest point along Skyline Drive. The resort was founded in 1888, and it is now made up of 28 buildings. The rooms are rustic but comfortable. The best part of Skyland: the incredible views.

The dining room building
Skyland Resort

Our room was located in Raven’s Nest
Raven's Nest

You couldn’t beat our view.

Our View

Room with a View

Blue Ridge Sunset

Visiting Shenandoah was a very good decision.

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