America's Best Spring Drives
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Skyline Drive, Virginia
The Route: 105 miles.
This route stretches through Shenandoah National Park, end-to-end, with the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains and more than 1,300 species of plants. Warm weather brings purple and yellow violets; by May, pink azaleas appear throughout the forest, followed by white flowers of mountain laurel in early June.
Where to Stop: Shenandoah National Park hosts its annual Wildflower Weekend, featuring special talks and guided nature hikes showcasing local wildlife.