When most people think of taking an afternoon drive to the country, they imagine rustic settings, green leaves, and small towns. This past weekend, Mr. InnerCompass and I headed west with no specific destination in mind. Without a map or app guiding our way, we drove until our wandering had led us within a few miles of the northern entrance to Shenandoah National Park. As you will come to learn, it is nearly impossible to keep me away from a national park, so we followed the signs and drove on it.
I had read on twitter last week that Skyline Drive, the main road that runs through the park, was fully open for tourist season. As the DC area is still trying to figure out if it is winter or spring, we didn’t expect a lot of traffic and that made us want to venture in even more. During the summer, Skyline Drive can get crowded and personally, I find it distracts from the the solitude and beauty of the park (hint: go during the week!). Thankfully, our guess was correct and there were a minimum number of travelers, giving us the pleasure of driving at our own (slow) pace and leaving us plenty of space at the overlooks.
While the park has always been beautiful to me during spring, summer, and fall, it was able to hold its own during winter too. The endless hills were stunning under the heavy cloud cover and the snow-covered trees were nothing short of spectacular. It was still winter in Shenandoah National Park.
Scroll down to see the photos from our trip along the Skyline Drive.