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Skyline Drive -- Virginia

Here's one view you might take in on a drive through Virginia.

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Along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, you'll find Skyline Drive. This road is a 105-mile (169-kilometer) drive through Shenandoah National Park. It is the only public road through the park. Cars, RVs and trailers are all welcome, provided they can clear the 12-foot, 8-inch high Mary's Rock Tunnel along the route.

It takes about three hours to drive without stopping, and features 75 scenic overlooks for taking photos. Drivers will see stunning views of mountains and valleys, flowers and wildlife as they wind through the park. Authorities keep the speed limit at 35 mph (56 kpm) throughout the park in order to protect the animals that often cross the roadway. Skyline Drive is dotted with various campsites and visitor centers along the route as well.

The best times to visit Skyline Drive are autumn and spring. Autumn provides miles of brightly colored foliage to enjoy. During spring, all the wildflowers bloom in an explosion of color.

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