Last week, I published an article detailing my two consecutive adventures to Shenandoah National Park, a place of pristine mountain ranges and unparalleled hiking trails just a two hours’ drive from Washington D.C. I didn’t have enough space in my piece to share with you all of the photos I took, and I know that photographs often help inspire those who see them to start planning that much-needed trip.
Today, I’ve decided to collect all of the photos I didn’t use in my full-length post into one place. I noted in my article that Shenandoah is one of my favorite places in the world to photograph. On clear days, those who visit the park’s main thoroughfare, Skyline Drive, can enjoy the seemingly endless valleys and hills that melt into the bright blue sky. In the fog, Shenandoah looks like something out of a Gothic novel – the effect is hauntingly beautiful. I hope you enjoy viewing the photographs in this gallery as much as I did taking them.
The Breathtaking Skyline Drive At Sunset
As I mentioned above, Shenandoah National Park has one primary public road known as Skyline Drive. Easily one of the most scenic routes one can drive in the United States, visitors will find themselves stopping at every overlook to take in the jaw-dropping view. I recommend timing your drive with either sunrise or sunset for a truly unforgettable experience.
A view into the town below – can you believe that people actually live in this little slice of heaven? I know that I prefer the energy of the city, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t tempted by this view. Coming from D.C., the air in Shenandoah is so clean and fresh that, for a day, the capital became a distant memory.
Hiking Shenandoah National Park In The Fog
Hiking under blue skies without a rain jacket is overrated, am I right? Sure, it took me a few minutes to accept that my second trip to the park wouldn’t include any sun, but the result was something near supernatural and undoubtedly unique. Shenandoah’s allure isn’t predicated upon any weather pattern.
It’s sixty degrees here in D.C. today – in mid-December, no less – and I’m terribly disappointed that I don’t own a car. If I had my way, I’d be composing this post from a scenic overlook on Skyline Drive. Who could blame me?