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Near Washington in Rappahannock County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

A Skyline Drive for a Bird's-Eye View

Shenandoah National Park

 
 
A Skyline Drive for a Bird's-Eye View Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 17, 2019
1. A Skyline Drive for a Bird's-Eye View Marker
Inscription.  "It is a wonderway over which the tourist will ride comfortably in his car while he is stirred by a view as exhilarating as the aviator may see from the plane."
Senator Harry F. Byrd, Virginia

When construction began on Skyline Drive in 1931, NPS landscape architects were challenged to design a new kind of road. Skyline Drive would "lay lightly on the land"—that is, roll across the mountain without major changes to the landscape.

The scenic highway should also provide opportunities for recreation and the simple pleasure of enjoying the view. To accomplish this, civil engineers devised clever ways to build a scenic-yet-stable road in steep and rocky terrain. This careful attention to the driving experience means that you hardly notice the road as you travel along, taking in the grand vistas before gliding into green tunnels of trees. It all melds together into a smooth memory: road, car, and scenery.

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As you travel along Shenandoah’s Scenic Byway, notice how often you can see Skyline Drive peeking in and out from the trees, beckoning you to the next overlook.
Marker detail: Retaining Walls image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Retaining Walls
Engineers used toe walls and gabion (retaining) walls to shape the backbone of the Drive. These engineering accomplishments are largely hidden now by the landscape, which has reclaimed the scars left by road-building machinery.
There are nearly 70 overlooks in all, each offering a different view of what’s beyond.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 45.85′ N, 78° 13.632′ W. Marker is near Washington, Virginia, in Rappahannock County. Marker is on Skyline Drive (at milepost 17), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Range View Overlook in Shenandoah National Park. Marker is in this post office area: Washington VA 22747, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Come Back When You Have More Time (a few steps from this marker); Range View (was a few steps from this marker but has been reported missing. ); Piedmont (approx. 3.2 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 3.7 miles away); Help Wanted! (approx. 3.7 miles away); The Town of Washington, Virginia (approx. 5.1 miles away); Kitty Payne (approx. 5.2 miles away); Washington, Virginia (approx. 5.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Washington.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Range View Overlook
 
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Skyline Drive for a Bird's-Eye View Marker<br>(<i>wide view looking south • Range View Overlook</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 17, 2019
3. Skyline Drive for a Bird's-Eye View Marker
(wide view looking south • Range View Overlook)
A Skyline Drive for a Bird's-Eye View Marker<br>(<i>wide view showing related marker on left</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 17, 2019
4. A Skyline Drive for a Bird's-Eye View Marker
(wide view showing related marker on left)
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on May 26, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 25, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 44 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 26, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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