Best Scenic Drives in Virginia

This list represents the most popular scenic drives in Virginia. Use this list to plan your next Virginia scenic drives trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Waterfalls of the Southern Valley and Ridge Region


This region doesn’t have very many waterfalls, which seems a little unusual since most of it is mountainous. But what it lacks in quantity, it more than makes up for in quality. If it had no other fal…
From the guidebook "Waterfalls of Virginia and West Virginia: A Hiking & Photography Guide"
Blacksburg, VA - Hiking, Scenic Drives BestHiking, Scenic Drives Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#2. Skyline Drive: Shenandoah National Park


Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park winds for 105 miles along the highest crests of the Blue Ridge Mountains. On one side of this crest is the Shenandoah Valley; on the other is the rolling Pied…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Virginia"
Front Royal, VA - Scenic Drives - 105 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge Parkway Region


A 469-mile long photo opportunity is the best way to describe the Blue Ridge Parkway. From its northern start at Rockfish Gap, near Waynesboro, Virginia, to its southern end at Great Smoky Mountains N…
From the guidebook "Waterfalls of Virginia and West Virginia: A Hiking & Photography Guide"
Buena Vista, VA - Hiking, Scenic Drives BestHiking, Scenic Drives Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#4. Waterfalls of the Appalachian Plateau Region


The great Appalachian Plateau physiographic province stretches from West Virginia to Alabama, with only its edge extending into extreme southwestern Virginia. That’s an important edge, though, especia…
From the guidebook "Waterfalls of Virginia and West Virginia: A Hiking & Photography Guide"
Abingdon, VA - Hiking, Scenic Drives
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#5. Waterfalls of the Shenandoah National Park Region, South District


One of America’s most popular national parks, with nearly two million visitors annually, Shenandoah National Park is also one of the skinniest. The park lies atop the northern Virginia Blue Ridge Moun…
From the guidebook "Waterfalls of Virginia and West Virginia: A Hiking & Photography Guide"
Charlottesville, VA - Hiking, Scenic Drives
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#6. Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel: Water, Sun, and Sky


The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel is a 23-mile, open-water drive across the mouth of Chesapeake Bay. This highway complex traverses trestles, causeways, bridges, manmade islands, and tunnels to connect…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Virginia"
Virginia Beach, VA - Scenic Drives - 23 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#7. Waterfalls of the Northern Valley and Ridge Region


This region encompasses the heart of Shenandoah Valley and some of Virginia’s most beautiful mountains. Much of the mountainous part of the region is in George Washington National Forest. In the south…
From the guidebook "Waterfalls of Virginia and West Virginia: A Hiking & Photography Guide"
Staunton, VA - Hiking, Scenic Drives
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#8. Colonial Parkway: Jamestown to Williamsburg to Yorktown


Colonial Parkway connects the two sections of Colonial National Historical Park: Jamestown, in 1609 the first English settlement in America; and Yorktown, a colonial town and scene of the last skirmis…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Virginia"
Jamestown, VA - Scenic Drives - 23 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#9. Skyline Drive Motorcycle Ride


This adventure leads you north on Skyline Drive, following the top of the Blue Ridge Mountains through the Shenandoah National Park. As on the Blue Ridge Parkway, there are no red lights, stop signs,…
From the guidebook "Motorcycle Adventures in the Central Appalachians Book 3"
Waynesboro, VA - Scenic Drives - 107 miles
Published by Milestone Press

#10. Waterfalls of the Mount Rogers Region


The Mount Rogers region is the smallest of the Virginia regions in this book, but it encompasses the highest mountains and has some of the most spectacular scenery. Within the region are three of the…
From the guidebook "Waterfalls of Virginia and West Virginia: A Hiking & Photography Guide"
Marion, VA - Hiking, Scenic Drives
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#11. Goshen Pass and Lake Moomaw: Lexington to Covington


This is a mountain drive west of Lexington with a variety of scenic and historic sites. It passes the Virginia Horse Center, and goes by the steep cliffs and rushing streams of Goshen Pass in Jefferso…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Virginia"
Lexington, VA - Scenic Drives - 65 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#12. Cumberland Gap: On the Trail of Daniel Boone


This 100-mile drive follows the Wilderness Trail hacked out by Daniel Boone in 1775 through southwest Virginia to the narrow mountain pass at Cumberland Gap where Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky con…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Virginia"
Bristol, VA - Scenic Drives - 100 miles
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#13. Leesburg Loop: Hunt Country and the Snickersville Pike


This 50-mile loop drive passes through the hilly hunt country west and north of Leesburg in the northern tip of the state. This is a varied area of scenic and historical interest with many large estat…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Virginia"
Leesburg, VA - Scenic Drives - 50 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#14. Piedmont - Blue Ridge Vistas: Warrenton to Charlottesville


Beginning at Warrenton, this 55-mile drive takes you past the rolling hills of the Piedmont horse country to imposing views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah National Park. The drive then win…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Virginia"
Warrenton, VA - Scenic Drives - 55 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#15. The Plantation Road: The Colonial James River


This 55-mile drive follows the winding Plantation Road along the James River from Richmond to Williamsburg. The drive follows the inland plantation route, passing by several restored colonial plantati…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Virginia"
Richmond, VA - Scenic Drives - 55 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#16. Shenandoah Valley Loop: Winchester - Luray - Strasburg - New Market


This 110-mile loop tours much of the northern Shenandoah Valley from the valley floor to the ridgeline of the surrounding mountains. This tour provides you with varied, sweeping views alternately look…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Virginia"
Winchester, VA - Scenic Drives - 110 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#17. Burke's Garden: Valley in the Sky


Burke’s Garden is a 10-mile-long valley entirely surrounded by mountains. The valley consists of fertile, rolling farmland, pastures, and woods. This unstructured 40-mile drive allows you to explore t…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Virginia"
Tazewell, VA - Scenic Drives - 10 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#18. Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania Battlefields: A Civil War Tour


This is a 40-mile, historical drive through four major battlefields of the Civil War preserved in the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. The drive covers the Fredericksburg Battle…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Virginia"
Fredericksburg, VA - Scenic Drives - 40 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#19. Mount Rogers Loop: Virginia's Subalpine High Country


This mountain drive encircles Mount Rogers (elevation 5,729 feet) and Whitetop Mountain (elevation 5,570 feet), Virginia’s highest peaks. It passes from lush, wooded mountain streams along the Virgini…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Virginia"
Damascus, VA - Scenic Drives - 60 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#20. Breaks Interstate Park: Virginia's Grand Canyon


This is a 60-mile, pristine drive through woods and mountains with few towns or distractions along the way, giving a taste of rural Virginia as much of the state must have looked years ago. The drive…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Virginia"
Rosedale, VA - Scenic Drives - 60 miles
Published by Falcon Guides