CharlottesvilleVirginia is for (Nature) Lovers
Published Monday, April 29, 2013 Updated on Monday, June 23, 2014

Virginia is for (Nature) Lovers

Charlottesville is a truly breathtaking locale.  Full of gorgeous, natural views, mountains and historic charm, the scenic area boasts so much to be explored.

If you are looking to spend an afternoon exploring the area, there is nothing better than a leisurely drive through Shenandoah National Park.  It offers 105 miles of natural beauty and panoramic views as you traverse the route of Skyline Drive, which has designated stopping points where you can take photographs and bask in the beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  The park also boasts a plethora of wildlife and gorgeous rare plant species.  It is particularly popular in the fall when the foliage is in full bloom, making the views all the more amazing.

Looking to get out of your car and stretch your legs? Stop for a picnic at one of the seventy-five overlooks, or go for a hike on a stretch of the 500 miles of trails accessible from inside the park.  In fact, most trailheads begin on Skyline Drive, making it convenient to combine a scene drive with a short afternoon hike.

If you want to explore the magic of Shenandoah National Park from below the surface, stop at the Skyline Caverns and check out the natural wonder of its Anthrodites, the gorgeous mineral formations for which it is known.

For over seventy years, Skyline Drive has provides Virginians an escape from the daily routine by affording them a local gathering spot of majestic beauty. Unwind after a long week with a slow Sunday drive through Shenandoah National Park and refuel with the natural abundance that is right outside your front door.

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