Although it serves as the nearest national park to metropolises like New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C., Shenandoah maintains its wilderness.
With waterfalls, sweeping mountain vistas, a large portion of the Appalachian Trail, and ample wildlife, Shenandoah is the ultimate urban escape. During our four days here in early November, we found the solitude and the all-ages family fun that we were looking for along Shenandoah’s Skyline Drive and its many hiking trails.
- Where your planning begins: NPS Website
- Our article, 7 Essentials for a Family Vacation at Shenandoah National Park
- Our Video Highlights
- Our Facebook Photo Gallery
- Travel the Skyline Drive and stop at the beautiful overlooks
- Get into the park by hiking trail: we loved Overall Run Falls and the Rose River Loop
- Learn about the park at the Byrd Visitor Center, one of the best in the NPS
- Climb to Old Rag Mountain (still on our list!)
- Backpack and camp overnight along the Appalachian Trail
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In August 2015 we left our jobs and our home to go on a tour of all 59 National Parks across the US during the NPS Centennial year. We spent a year immersing ourselves for about 5 days in each park as we tent camped, hiked, biked, backpacked, kayaked, and climbed our way through the challenge and adventure of our lifetime.
We are Cole and Elizabeth, twenty-something Missourians turned National Parks explorers - constantly seeking to find new adventure and ourselves. Follow our journey for pictures, videos, park tips, and stories - because after all, the Parks are for sharing.