Why You Need to Experience Skyline Drive at Least Once in Your Life

The Inn at Vaucluse Spring is surrounded by the natural beauty of the Shenandoah Valley, so you can be sure to find some outstandingly breathtaking sights during your stay with us. If you’d like to immerse in the scenery of our area without leaving the comfort of your own vehicle, then we highly recommend Skyline Drive!

This 105-mile route winds through some of the most picturesque parts of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah Valley, exposing its travelers to picture-perfect overlooks and breathtaking foliage. It’s one of the most scenic drives you can take in Virginia and is certainly worth the trip!

Read on to learn more about Skyline Drive and what you’ll see along the way. Also, don’t forget to request your free copy of our Shenandoah Valley Vacation Guide to find even more local activities and attractions that you won’t want to skip.

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Overview of Skyline Drive

Skyline Drive is the only public road that runs through Shenandoah Valley National Park and includes almost 70 awe-inspiring overlooks that offer stunning views of the park and or the rolling Piedmont to the east.

While the entirety of the road stretches over 100 miles, you definitely don’t have to travel that far to enjoy what this beautiful route has to offer. Even just a 20-30 minute leisurely ride will provide plenty of fantastic landscapes for you to enjoy such as cascading waterfalls, rock summits, stunning starscapes, and a possible sighting of local wildlife.

Ready to make the trip down Skyline Drive? Be sure to download this Skyline Drive Map PDF!

2 Skyline Drive Highlights

1. Mary’s Rock Tunnel

Mary’s Rock Tunnel, also known as the Magnificent Tunnel, is possibly one of Skyline Drive’s most popular features. It stands nearly 13 feet high and 610 feet long and is considered an engineering marvel. Regular motor vehicles are permitted to pass through, but RV’s, travel trailers, and other large vehicles may need to take extra precaution when driving through the tunnel.

You’ll find Mary’s Rock Tunnel slightly south of the Thornton Gap entrance on Route 211.

2. Flora and Fauna

Fun fact! More than 330 species of plants, trees, and shrubs makeup Shenandoah Valley National Park, most of which you’ll see along Skyline Drive.

Magnificent trees such as the mighty oak, tall hickory, and towering sassafras create the surreal forest outlining Shenandoah Valley Skyline Drive. Wild-growing plants like serviceberry, white blossoms, and mountain laurels dominate the park and are visible from one of the various lookouts along the route. That’s definitely worth bringing your camera along for!

Discover the Beauty of the Shenandoah Valley During Your Stay With Us

If you’re looking for ideal Skyline Drive lodging, your search has ended! Perfectly situated near Winchester, VA in Stephens City, our historic and tranquil slice of paradise provides everything you’ll need for a much-needed escape from reality.

Choose your home-away-from-home among our spectacular array of accommodations including cozy guest rooms, cottages, and cabins.

After a full night’s rest, join us for a delicious three-course breakfast to fuel up for a full day of Shenandoah Valley adventures. When you’re unwinding at the inn, take a relaxing stroll around our beautiful grounds and enjoy the scenery of our private spring. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a romantic escape or family getaway that you’ll be talking about for years to come.

Check our availability and book your next getaway with us today! We look forward to hosting you soon.