National Scenic Byways in Virginia

    Skyline Drive

    Take a drive down one of Virginia's four National Scenic Byways


    Colonial Parkway | Skyline Drive | Blue Ridge Parkway
    George Washington Memorial Parkway 


    Colonial Parkway


    The 23-mile Colonial Parkway connects important historical sites within Virginia's Historic Triangle. Free of commercial development, the Parkway is designed to provide an experience - that of motoring through more than 400 years of American colonial history. Sites to see include:

    • Jamestown Settlement - a living-history museum of 17th-century Virginia history and culture explores the Virginia Indian, English and African cultures who came in contact in 1600s Virginia. There are extensive indoor gallery exhibits and outdoor full-scale re-creations of a Powhatan village, three 1607 ships and a colonial fort.
    • Yorktown - one of America's outstanding small towns.
    • Yorktown Battlefield - where America won independence during the climactic battle of the American Revolution.
    • Yorktown Victory Center - museum of the American Revolution chronicles the struggle for independence from the beginnings of colonial unrest to the formation of the new nation. Features indoor gallery exhibits and outdoor re-creations of a Continental Army encampment and 1780s farm.

    Skyline Drive


    The 105-mile Skyline Drive winds along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains starting at Front Royal heading to Waynesboro, where it meets the Blue Ridge Parkway.


    Blue Ridge Parkway


    Known as "America's Favorite Drive," the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway meanders from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina.

    Peaks of Otter Peaks of Otter

    The parkway follows the Appalachian Mountain chain and provides some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, ranging from 650 to 6,000 feet in elevation. Scenic overlooks, historic structures, walking trails and waterfalls are just some of the highlights along the parkway, including:

    • Mabry Mill - one of the most photographed sites in the nation. Explore the mill, a blacksmith shop, wheelwright's and a whiskey still.
    • Blue Ridge Music Center - features an amphitheater, where a Summer Concert Series is featured each Saturday evening June through September.
    • Peaks of Otter - The Johnson Farm is a living history site during the summer. The Polly Woods Ordinary served as a lodging establishment for travelers in the early 1830s. Both are two structures reminiscent of a bygone era.

    George Washington Memorial Parkway


    Just across the Potomac River from downtown Washington, D.C., is a Northern Virginia oasis in the heart of the nation's capital - the George Washington Memorial Parkway. It offers walking and biking trails set amid lush vegetation and a rolling landscape. Take the pedestrian bridge to Theodore Roosevelt Island, an 88-acre memorial to our 26th president.

    • For more adventure along the parkway, check out Belle Haven Marina. It's home to the largest sailing school in Virginia!


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Last Updated: 12/18/2014 1:55 PM
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