Just 75 miles from the capital, Washington, D.C., the spectacular Shenandoah National Park is a haven for unforgettable vistas, cascading waterfalls, wildflower fields and wooded hollows. With over 200,000 acres of protected lands and 500 miles of hiking trails, there are endless ways to connect with nature. While once home to Appalachian farming communities, the park is now a sanctuary for wildlife, including white-tailed deer, the black bear and numerous species of birds.
Running 105 miles along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the full length of the park, is the Skyline Drive. Famous for its stunning vistas, colors and foliage, the Skyline Drive is one of America’s National Scenic Byways. It takes about three hours to travel the entire length of the park and with 75 outlooks along the route there many vantage points from which you can enjoy spectacular views. Fabulous to visit at any time of year, spring offers the most colorful wildflowers along the drive, as well as blooming azaleas and mountain laurel, and the park is particularly impressive in the fall, when the leaves change to red and crimson.
Travel with Insight and stay at the historic Skyland Lodge inside the park. Relax, reconnect with nature and sip cocktails whilst admiring views of the colorful Shenandoah Valley and one of the most beautiful national parks on the east coast. Enjoy a gentle hike on the Stony Man via Appalachian Trail for some of the best vistas and guests can also choose to take an optional Skyland Trail horseback ride.