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This month Shenandoah National Park is celebrating the
75th anniversary of the scenic mountain highway we know today as
Skyline Drive - the northernmost 105 miles of the world-famous
Blue Ridge Parkway.
The 32 mile stretch of Skyline Drive that lies between Thornton Gap
and Front Royal, Virginia opened to the public on October 1,
1936, and since that day millions of people from all over the world
have enjoyed majestic views of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley which
the west of the Blue Ridge Mountains as well as the Piedmont plain
to the east.
The views from atop the Skyline Drive rival those of any on the
planet, especially at this time of the year when the fall foliage
has turned the mountainsides and valleys below into masterpieces the
likes of which would be suitable for display in any museum. And
since Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive are within easy
driving distance of much of the eastern half of the United States,
there is no reason why you can't experience these amazing mountain
views for yourself!
Photographer Mike Cary captured this stunning
image on October 19 while enjoying the northernmost section of the
Skyline Drive. Like it had been during most of the previous week,
the area was blanketed in fog - which limited visibility but made
for some very interesting photographs. It's hard to imagine taking a
picture any better than this one!
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