Skyline Drive winds along the Blue Ridge Mountain crests for 105 miles, the entire length of Shenandoah National Park. Don’t drive it all as an hour or two of the slow (35 mph speed limit), snaking road goes a long way with kids, particularly young ones. At Shenandoah Valley Overlook (mile 2.8) look for Massanutten Mountain’s Signal Knob, the place from which Confederate troops in the Civil War sent signals. Further south at Big Run Overlook (mile 81.2), enjoy a sweeping view of the mountains. In fall, leaf-peepers crowd the road, making the spectacularly beautiful route very slow going.
The mile countdown starts at the Front Royal entrance, milepost 1, and continues to the Rockfish Gap entrance, milepost 105. Open year-round, Skyline Drive closes during snow or ice storms.