Skyline Drive is a little more than 105 miles long and runs the entire length of the National Park Service’s Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. When Will took us on this drive, I had no idea how romantic it was going to be!
We spent about 4 hours on Skyline Drive and still didn’t finish the entire thing. I cannot wait to return and finish the drive and see the entire park. Let me tell you why you should make this one of your next visits on your travels. Not only is it one of the most romantic places to visit, there is a ton to do there from just driving to hiking and horseback riding.
Skyline Drive – Romantic Perfection
As Will and I stopped at any one of the 75 scenic overlooks, we always saw at least one couple arm-in-arm. When I am surrounded by the serenity of nature and the majesty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, I feel overcome by a pastoral romance.
This drive is really far off from the Interstate and overlooks the Shenandoah National Park. You don’t see much of civilization, making this perfect time for just enjoying quality time with your partner.
There are a bunch of picnic tables spread throughout the drive, or you can even eat on the rock overlooks. The park closes at dark, but you can still enjoy a romantic picnic together, watching the sun set over the Blue Ridge Mountains. (That’s my next goal!)
How Much Does It Cost To Do Skyline Drive?
Skyline Drive is in the Shenandoah National Park. Since it is part of a national park, you have to pay to enter. The cost is only $25 per car, and one pass lasts 7 days.
You can also purchase an annual pass for all National Parks in the USA for only $80. If you love to travel or live near more than one national park, this will save you so much money. Read through the National Parks website for more information, because you can save money on that pass if you are military, a senior, or have permanent disabilities.
Things To Do in Skyline Drive As A Couple
Of course the most obvious thing is to drive and stop at the overlooks. It will take you about 3-4 hours (minimum) to drive the entire thing. Some stops are overrun with cars and busses, others have almost no one. It will take longer if you stop at all the stops and take pictures.
Will and I love hiking together. I can’t wait to go back with him and hike one of their many trails! From the National Parks Website, this park has:
Shenandoah National Park has over 500 miles of trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Some trails lead to a waterfall or viewpoint; others penetrate deep into the forest and Wilderness. With such an abundance of trail options you will certainly be able to find something to fit your interest and ability.
Now I wish I lived closer. I still think paying $80 for the annual pass will be worth it to try out some of the 500 miles of trails and see a waterfall.
My kids love horseback riding! This is one of the most scenic places to take a leisurely ride. You can bring your own horse, or enjoy a guided tour. For more information about the guided tours visit Go Shenandoah.
You can camp out at the park in their camp sites. I’m not into camping out under the stars. So I’m glad they have cabins and lodges! This park actually has 4 different types of cabins and lodges throughout the park to choose from.
There are actually 3 restaurants in the park. This is even better if you don’t want to pack a picnic lunch or stay longer than you meant to.
Go Visit Skyline Drive in Virginia Today
There is a reason millions of people visit Skyline Drive every year – it is incredibly scenic and peaceful. If your travels take you anywhere near Front Royal, Virginia, make this one of your stops. You won’t regret it!