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

Come Back When You Have More Time

Shenandoah National Park

 
 
Come Back When You Have More Time Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 17, 2019
1. Come Back When You Have More Time Marker
Inscription.  ”Park roads are for leisurely driving only. If you are in a hurry you might do well to take another route now, and come back when you have more time.”
From an early National Park Service brochure

This is no place to rush. Skyline Drive was planned and built to be a scenic highway— not just a way to get you from one place to another. Originally billed as Shenandoah's "greatest single feature," the Drive's 35 mph speed limit is just right for safety and taking in the beauty of the Blue Ridge.

Skyline Drive is both a marvel and a conundrum. It's easy to see why it's marvelous, for this is one of the prettiest scenic drives in the world. And sometimes there is oddness in beauty: because of the way the Drive twists and turns—part of its design—there are places where, even though you're in the northbound lane and driving to Front Royal, you're actually headed due south.

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Range View Overlook provides a singular view of the Park: from here you can see numerous peaks stretched along the mountain range. Skyline Drive winds
Marker detail: Planning the Skyline Drive image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Planning the Skyline Drive
(Left) Highway engineers and surveyors used tools like the transit to help them decide on Skyline Drive's route through the Blue Ridge.
(Above) Planning the Skyline Drive was not as simple as building a roadway across the backbone of the mountain. Landscape architects studied the proposed Drive from high-elevation points, so they could get an idea of how the Drive would look from scenic lookouts and summits.
around them on its way south from Front Royal to Rockfish Gap.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkMan-Made FeaturesParks & Recreational AreasRoads & Vehicles.
 
Location. 38° 45.853′ N, 78° 13.619′ W. Marker is near Washington, Virginia, in Rappahannock County. Marker is on Skyline Drive (at milepost 17), on the right when traveling south. Marker is located at the Range View Overlook in Shenandoah National Park. Touch for map. 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. A Skyline Drive for a Bird's-Eye View (a few steps from this marker); 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. 5.2 miles away); A Tale of Two Mills (approx. 5.4 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
 
Come Back When You Have More Time Marker<br>(<i>wide view looking south • Range View Overlook</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 17, 2019
3. Come Back When You Have More Time Marker
(wide view looking south • Range View Overlook)
Come Back When You Have More Time Marker<br>(<i>wide view showing related marker on right</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 17, 2019
4. Come Back When You Have More Time Marker
(wide view showing related marker on right)
The view from the Range View Overlook image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, June 14, 2019
5. The view from the Range View Overlook
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 25, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 75 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 26, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   5. submitted on January 20, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.
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