Travel and Leisure magazine named Virginia's Skyline Drive as one of America's best spring drives. Here's what they had to say about the Blue Ridge Mountain jewel:
Skyline Drive, VirginiaWith twenty-four scenic drives listed from throughout the nation, the others in our immediate vicinity include the Newfound Gap Road in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park between Tennessee/North Carolina, the 25-mile George Washington Memorial Parkway between Maryland and Virginia, and the 120-mile Cherokee Scenic Highway in South Carolina,
The Route: 105 miles.
This route stretches through Shenandoah National Park, end-to-end, with the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains and more than 1,300 species of plants. Warm weather brings purple and yellow violets; by May, pink azaleas appear throughout the forest, followed by white flowers of mountain laurel in early June.
Where to Stop: Shenandoah National Park hosts its annual Wildflower Weekend from May 5 to 6, 2012, featuring special talks and guided nature hikes showcasing local wildlife.