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.

  • #1 Waterfalls of the Southern Valley and Ridge Region

    3 Reviews

    Blacksburg, VA

    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 ...
    •  Varies by waterfall (5 total)
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    This region doesn’t have very many waterfalls, which seems a little unusual since most of it is mountainous. But what it ...

  • #2 Skyline Drive: Shenandoah National Park

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    Front Royal, VA

    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 ...
    •  105 miles
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    Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park winds for 105 miles along the highest crests of the Blue Ridge Mountains. On one ...

  • #3 Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge Parkway Region

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    Buena Vista, VA

    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 ...
    •  Varies by waterfall (10 total)
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    A 469-mile long photo opportunity is the best way to describe the Blue Ridge Parkway. From its northern start at Rockfish ...

  • #4 Waterfalls of the Appalachian Plateau Region

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    Abingdon, VA

    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, ...
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    The great Appalachian Plateau physiographic province stretches from West Virginia to Alabama, with only its edge extending ...

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

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    Charlottesville, VA

    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 ...
    •  Varies by waterfall (5 total)
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    One of America’s most popular national parks, with nearly two million visitors annually, Shenandoah National Park is also ...

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

    1 Reviews

    Virginia Beach, VA

    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 ...
    •  23 miles
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    The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel is a 23-mile, open-water drive across the mouth of Chesapeake Bay. This highway complex ...

  • #7 Colonial Parkway: Jamestown to Williamsburg to Yorktown

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    Jamestown, VA

    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 ...
    •  23 miles
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    Colonial Parkway connects the two sections of Colonial National Historical Park: Jamestown, in 1609 the first English settlement ...

  • #8 Waterfalls of the Northern Valley and Ridge Region

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    Staunton, VA

    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 ...
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    This region encompasses the heart of Shenandoah Valley and some of Virginia’s most beautiful mountains. Much of the mountainous ...

  • #9 Waterfalls of the Mount Rogers Region

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    Marion, VA

    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 ...
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    The Mount Rogers region is the smallest of the Virginia regions in this book, but it encompasses the highest mountains and ...

  • #10 Skyline Drive Motorcycle Ride

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    Waynesboro, VA

    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 ...
    •  4 hours
    •  107 miles
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    This adventure leads you north on Skyline Drive, following the top of the Blue Ridge Mountains through the Shenandoah National ...

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

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    Lexington, VA

    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 ...
    •  65 miles
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    This is a mountain drive west of Lexington with a variety of scenic and historic sites. It passes the Virginia Horse Center, ...

  • #12 Leesburg Loop: Hunt Country and the Snickersville Pike

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    Leesburg, VA

    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 ...
    •  50 miles
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    This 50-mile loop drive passes through the hilly hunt country west and north of Leesburg in the northern tip of the state. ...

  • #13 Cumberland Gap: On the Trail of Daniel Boone

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    Bristol, VA

    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 ...
    •  100 miles
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    This 100-mile drive follows the Wilderness Trail hacked out by Daniel Boone in 1775 through southwest Virginia to the narrow ...

  • #14 The Plantation Road: The Colonial James River

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    Richmond, VA

    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 ...
    •  55 miles
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    This 55-mile drive follows the winding Plantation Road along the James River from Richmond to Williamsburg. The drive follows ...

  • #15 Piedmont - Blue Ridge Vistas: Warrenton to Charlottesville

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    Warrenton, VA

    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 ...
    •  55 miles
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    Beginning at Warrenton, this 55-mile drive takes you past the rolling hills of the Piedmont horse country to imposing views ...

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

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    Winchester, VA

    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 ...
    •  110 miles
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    This 110-mile loop tours much of the northern Shenandoah Valley from the valley floor to the ridgeline of the surrounding ...

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

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    Tazewell, VA

    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 ...
    •  10 miles
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    Burke’s Garden is a 10-mile-long valley entirely surrounded by mountains. The valley consists of fertile, rolling farmland, ...

  • #18 Lee's Retreat: Petersburg to Appomattox

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    Petersburg, VA

    Lee’s Retreat is a 50-mile, historical drive that traces the closing days of the Civil War as Union General Ulysses S. Grant relentlessly pursued Confederate General Robert E. Lee to Lee’s surrender ...
    •  50 miles
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    Lee’s Retreat is a 50-mile, historical drive that traces the closing days of the Civil War as Union General Ulysses S. Grant ...

  • #19 Breaks Interstate Park: Virginia's Grand Canyon

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    Rosedale, VA

    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 ...
    •  60 miles
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    This is a 60-mile, pristine drive through woods and mountains with few towns or distractions along the way, giving a taste ...

  • #20 Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania Battlefields: A Civil War Tour

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    Fredericksburg, VA

    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 ...
    •  40 miles
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    This is a 40-mile, historical drive through four major battlefields of the Civil War preserved in the Fredericksburg and ...