T+L’s Editors Share Their Favorite National Parks Experiences

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Skyline Drive in Shenandoah

Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

This 105-mile road through Shenandoah National Park is made for cruising. The route is leisurely (the speed limit is 35), undulating, and, most of the year, best enjoyed with the windows rolled down. Use the mileposts to find points of interest along the way, like hikes and waterfalls, and plan to stop at some of the 75 overlooks that dot the route between Front Royal and Waynesboro.

You’re in Virginia Piedmont country, and the wildflowers, which bloom from early April until late October, never disappoint. The area is full of natural attractions like Luray Caverns, perfect for a short break. But you don’t have to keep all the activity to daylight hours—the area is famous for its night skies, and Skyland Resort and Big Meadows Lodge hold free stargazing workshops from spring through fall.  —Corina Quinn, digital travel editor

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