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Located in the state of Virginia, Shenandoah National Park encompasses parts of the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains. Given national park designation in 1935, Shenandoah has long attracted visitors with its scenic vistas that include Hawksbill Mountain, its highest peak, and the Shenandoah River. The park is merely 75 miles from Washington D.C. and features its Skyline Drive, so it’s among the nation’s most easily accessible national parks. From its abundant wildlife to its stunning landscapes, Shenandoah is brimming with unforgettable natural attractions.

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1. Skyline Drive

Traversing the length of Shenandoah National Park, Skyline Drive is a 105-mile two-lane road through the Blue Ridge Mountains. Throughout the drive, there are more than 70 outlooks that offer spectacular views of the Shenandoah River and its surrounding valley. The road also provides access to many renowned trails that lead to park attractions like campgrounds, lodges, and waterfalls. Travelers looking for the best views of the park are sure to discover them along this magnificent scenic roadway.

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