on March 24, 2006
The Grand Canyon has its dramatic oranges and reds. Yosemite has El Capitan, Half Dome, and the sheer, impressive mountains surrounding its valley. Yellowstone has Old Faithful.Shenandoah National Park doesn't have the dramatic scenery of the National Park System's Big Three. Instead, it offers views of mountains that—far older than the Rockies—have been gentle rounded by time and erosion. You won't find dramatic peaks here, but you will find beautiful undulating mountains of vibrant green trees that go on for as far as the eye can see.One slight disappointment was the haze that hung over the mountains. But that was no surprise, since these are called the Great Smokey Mountains.Unless you're doing a lot of hiking or other outdoor activities, you'll find that one day is adequate time to get a feel for the park. In 1 day, we hiked down to a scenic waterfall, drove a long stretch of Skyline Drive (stopping at several pull-off to enjoy the peaceful scenery), had a nice lunch at the restaurant along Skyline, pulled off the road, and watched the hawks soar over a valley, and we had time to check out the visitor's center.
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