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Road Trip America: Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park

I must have posted this blog a while ago; it was when Ava was around 7 months old.

America is blessed with incredible natural beauty. The famous quote, “The mountains are calling, and I must go” has always resonated with me and we wanted to visit as many national parks in last summer but were afraid to head out on the first year of our baby. And, that when Senthil had to visit his Atlanta office for a week. I was afraid to be myself with Ava, the entire week and we were equally worried to take her on a flight through the security checks.

We decided to drive all the way from South Jersey on our new Subaru Forester. We woke up early around 5 AM (Poor Senthil had to work till 11:30 PM, the previous night) and we were on our road by 6:30 AM yet we still could cross the Delaware memorial bridge only by 10:30 AM. Little did we realize, the very rare solar eclipse was on the following Monday. Pretty much the entire east coast was driving south towards South Carolina (few hours from Atlanta). For a moment, we were confused if we should head back home or take a flight instead. Since Ava was cooperating, we decided to stay on the road. We absolutely enjoyed the road trip as we hardly get time to sit next to each other during his working days. And, we reached our hotel at 12:30 AM and we were super exhausted.

On our way back from Atlanta, we decided to have a pit stop in the middle (North Carolina/Virginia) and choose a scenic route. Visiting Shenandoah national park was not in our original plan but we are so glad, we took the skyline drive. We had planned to visit this park few times, but it never worked out. Senthil showed me the breathtaking photos of the park on his mobile and I was instantly hooked. 

 Shenandoah Park is not small park as the name implies. It’s a huge dense forest extending through the line of Mountains. If you want to see the beauty of the mountains, you have to take the never-ending skyline and go to the tallest point. The park features wetlands, beautiful waterfalls, and dreamy mountains. The most attracting feature is the highest point of Shenandoahhawksbill with an elevation of 4,050 feet. Your mind will blow out when you reach hawksbill and see the breathtaking views from the top. Shenandoah is also home to many bird species, plus deer, squirrels, and the elusive black bear. We were lucky to see up close a mama black bear with her two cute babies. Although we would love to visit again and enjoy a day or two long hikes and camp as Ava is growing up.

I am sharing this post especially to share the beauty we captured in the incredibly beautiful Park (despite our tired faces). Do you know, Skyline Drive of this huge park is a 105-mile road that runs the entire length of the Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, generally along the ridge of the mountains. It was breathtaking to see the huge line of moutans along with dense forest and chirpy birds. it takes half a day to drive the extended length of Skyline Drive. There are total 75 scenic looks comes along the Skyline Drive. 

Skyline drive was one of my most unforgettable memory of the entire road trip. I am adding all the beautiful pictures we captured while exploring the Drive. I hope these pictures are worthy to explain the beauty of Shenandoah Nation Park, Skyline Drive.

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20 Comments

  • Reply
    Prajakta Suryawanshi
    February 8, 2018 at 12:19 am

    Superb blog dear…. Nice experience ?????

    • Reply
      Dipti
      February 8, 2018 at 3:09 pm

      yeah, It was the most beautiful experience of my life.
      Thank you dear ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Swapnaambale
    February 8, 2018 at 10:06 am

    Good job…….. Dipu……..
    Pics are great…….
    Superb nature……….
    Ashich Chan Chan lihit Raha!!!!!!!!!
    Good luck dear

    • Reply
      Dipti
      February 8, 2018 at 3:10 pm

      Tai,
      Khup chan vatal tuze shabd vachun.
      I will write more.
      Thank you for motivation :*

  • Reply
    Sayli more
    February 8, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    Nice 1 dear keep it up

    • Reply
      Dipti
      February 8, 2018 at 3:11 pm

      Thank you Sweet Sau.
      Much love ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    UMA chavan
    February 8, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    Nice blog di…it’s too good…awesome pictures …??

    • Reply
      Dipti
      February 8, 2018 at 3:11 pm

      I am so happy to hear that Uma.
      Thank you for your love.
      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Nilesh Kenekar
    February 9, 2018 at 12:03 am

    Awesome blog dear sis……keep it up…????

    • Reply
      Dipti
      February 9, 2018 at 5:23 pm

      Thank you Nilu.
      Its always good to see you here. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Parul
    February 9, 2018 at 12:47 am

    Innner peace increases while we are in the lap of nature….. With your pics I can make out what an amazing time You guys have spent there. Wonderful …

    • Reply
      Dipti
      February 9, 2018 at 5:32 pm

      Hey Parul,
      I couldn’t agree more, Nature calms our soul and refresh our minds. more you go, more we find beauty in everything.
      I am so glad that Ava is exploring at this age.
      These pictures are so close to my heart.
      Thank you very much ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Chinmay
    February 9, 2018 at 11:40 am

    Superb photos. ?? Lihilay sudha mast. ?

    • Reply
      Dipti
      February 9, 2018 at 5:34 pm

      Hey Chinmay,
      I am so glad to see you here.
      I couldn’t stop myself to share nature beauty with everyone.
      I hope we will spend more time nature. Photos are by Avs’s daddy haha ๐Ÿ˜€
      Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Hungry Pirate
    February 9, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Naturally beautiful Ava in nature ? awesome clicks & place. Also you described it very beautifully

    • Reply
      Dipti
      February 9, 2018 at 5:38 pm

      After seeing your comment, I would say, it was worth to spent a lot time to share this nature Post.
      So glad you have liked it.
      Parenting is fun when baby has been exploring outdoor at this tiny age.
      Thank you very much ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Kapil
    February 19, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    It is nicely narrated and described with pictures. Each photo tells the story; the minimal text is easy to read and it is simple. Keep it up!

    • Reply
      Dipti
      March 12, 2018 at 9:24 pm

      Hey Kapil,
      Thank you so much for the positive feedback, I am so pleased to hear affirmation on my writing style ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Suchi
    October 5, 2018 at 9:17 am

    Love Ava’s expressive eyes! Gorgeous photos of both of you! Keep smiling always

    • Reply
      Dipti
      October 16, 2018 at 3:50 pm

      Hi Suchi,
      Thank you for your constant love dear. this was one of the memorable road trip with little baby.

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