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post #21 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-26-2017, 01:04 PM
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At all costs, avoid ANY temptation to spend the night at the Skyline lodges. I've stayed at Big Meadows twice (I know, I know) -- once in the main lodge and once in the smaller separate cabins. I can honestly say that the latter was the WORST lodging I've ever spent money on. I'm 60 and former military, so there's some serious competition for 'WORST'. Having a car to sleep in would have been a significant upgrade.
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post #22 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-02-2017, 08:20 PM
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As any other scenic road, if you go down the BRP to Cherokee, and if you have the time, come back up the BRP. The scenes are actually different looking at them from a different direction. We have the done the drive 3 times, at different times of the year, and have done many parts of it from different directions. You see things/views going one way, that you miss going the other. The southern part, in my opinion, is the best part.
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I rode up from US-441 to Boone, spent the night, then on to Waynesboro, VA a couple of years ago to meet my son on his VTX. (He met me after riding Skyline south from Front Royal, VA to Waynesboro, VA. After spending the night, we went south to Boone, spent the night, then rode down to US-441. All of it was open at the time, but according to the following link, this is not the case right now. https://www.nps.gov/maps/full.html?m....1888/-81.5882
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Of course It depends when you are going - In the fall when the leaves turn during a weekend the whole trip could take 18 hours. Normally 12 to 14. I have driven this route 6 times the route is gorgeous. I especially like to travel it on a warm winter day because the streams and waterfalls are not hidden by foliage.


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