Why Skyline Drive is My Favorite American Highway

Skyline Drive is a stunning section of Shenandoah National Park in the middle of Virginia, easily accessible for those driving from Charlottesville to Washington, DC. The drive overlooks the Blue Ridge Mountains and stretches for a little over a hundred miles. This length makes it a short enough to enjoy in the middle of a longer driving day, but long enough that it can be it’s own activity.

My first introduction to Skyline Drive was in 2009, on a friends’ road trip through Virginia Wine Country. At twenty-five, this was right about the time we were all starting to ditch keg parties for events where people referenced their drinks with words like oak and vintage. I was shocked to learn a six-dollar bottle of Yellow Tail even had a vintage.  I think we thought we were becoming adults. Seven years later I’m not sure if I’ll ever be one.

Shenandoah was the perfect way to end that weekend and drive back to Washington, DC (where I caught I Chinatown bus back to Philadelphia, the least grown-up form of transportation invented by man.  Remind me sometime to tell the story of my last Chinatown Bus ride, circa 2011, and why I promised myself never again).

Since then, I’ve gone back twice, most recently time was in January, while I was on my crazy, scatter-shot USA extravaganza.

Here are photographs from my three drives, in three different seasons:  winter, summer, and autumn. Spring, I’ll have to come back for you.

 

In Winter (2017)

View of the Blue Ridge Mountains
View of the Blue Ridge Mountains

 

Sunset in Shenandoah National Park
Sunset in Shenandoah National Park

 

The trees are beautiful, even in winter.
The trees are beautiful, even in winter.

 

Amazing Views
Amazing Views

 

Lucy and My Nikon-My Two Favorite Things
Lucy and My Nikon-My Two Favorite Things

 

A Naked Tree
A Naked Tree

 

Road Trip Selfie with Dog
Road Trip Selfie with Dog

 

Needles like Feathers
Needles like Feathers

 

In Summer (2011)

Clouds in Hot, Rainy Summer
Clouds in Hot, Rainy Summer

 

Summertime Sadness
Summertime Sadness

 

Right Before the Rainstorm
Right Before the Rainstorm

 

Stopping to nap during the storm.
Stopping to nap during the storm.

 

Lazy Afternoon Storm
Lazy Afternoon Storm

Autumn (2009)

Shenandoah in the early autumn
Shenandoah in the early autumn

 

We were #groutfitting before #groutfits were a thing
We were #groutfitting before #groutfits were a thing

 

Taking in the Beauty
Taking in the Beauty

 

The trees are just starting to turn
The trees are just starting to turn

 

Also Selfies before Selfies were a thing
Also Selfies before Selfies were a thing

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Why Skyline Drive is My Favorite American Highway
Why Skyline Drive is My Favorite American Highway

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