Cycling in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

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Shenandoah's Skyline Drive     Photo: Rodney Todt

In 2010, the Park Service repaved most of the classic, gorgeous 100-mile Skyline Drive, which cuts through the heart of Shenandoah. Take advantage by going in the middle of the week, when the crowds are down, and make a trip of it. Base yourself in Harrisonburg, 25 miles west of Shenandoah, at the Joshua Wilton House, a 123-year-old inn, then drive to the park, head south on Skyline, park at Doyles River Falls, and ride the 60 miles out and back to Big Meadows before cooling off in the two-tiered falls. Back in Harrisonburg, indulge in the short-order burgers and deep-fried Oreos at Jack Brown's. Note: BYO bike if possible, since the nearest good rental spot is Big Wheel in Arlington, two hours northeast.

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