Top 10 Scenic Drives in Virginia

Schedule Brake Pad Replacement
Service Area

$124.62 - $450.29

Price range for all vehicles
Average rating from 10,732 customers who received a Brake Pads Replacement.

Virginia is a state well-known for its natural beauty and is home to several national and state parks. Scenic drives can be discovered at virtually every turn. There is more to the region than just its statuesque mountains, regal valleys, and roaring rivers, however. The area is deeply steeped in American history, from its Native American roots, to the first European settlers, to having some of today’s most important government operations. With so much to see and do, it can be hard for visitors to pick just one way to see the state. That’s why we have compiled this list of scenic drives to help begin a Virginia journey of discovery:

No. 10 – Breaks Interstate Park

Breaks Interstate Park Virginia
Flickr user: Dan Grogan

Starting Location: Rosedale, VA
Ending Location: Sand Lick, VA
Length: 40 miles
Best Season to Drive: Spring, Summer, and Fall
See this drive on Google Maps

With the natural splendor of Jefferson State Park and Breaks Interstate Park along most of this route, there is no shortage of picturesque spots to discover. In Honaker, the “Redbud Capital of the World,” check out the charming downtown full of historic buildings and specialty shops. Near the state line in Breaks Interstate Park, peer into the 1,600-foot deep canyon by the Russell Fork River, where whitewater rafting is a popular activity.

No. 9 – Leesburg Loop

Leesburg Loop Virginia
Flickr user: Pam Corey

Starting Location: Leesburg, VA
Ending Location: Leesburg, VA
Length: 41 miles
Best Season to Drive: All
See this drive on Google Maps

This scenic drive on the outskirts of Washington DC leaves metropolitan living behind and provides an amazingly beautiful way to spend a morning or afternoon. The landscape, characterized by rolling hills and woods valued by local fox hunters, is lovely. The restored mansion and grounds at Oatlands are also worth a stop to see how the privileged once lived in the area.

No. 8 – Coastal Virginia – Hampton Roads

Coastal Virginia – Hampton Roads Virginia
Flickr user: Sharon Flowers

Starting Location: Newport News, VA
Ending Location: Hampton, VA
Length: 10 miles
Best Season to Drive: All
See this drive on Google Maps

This drive, with nearby bay views, is full of stops that appeal to military history enthusiasts all along its way. Travelers could spend the entire day exploring places like the Virginia War Museum, Hampton Roads Naval Museum, and the General Douglas MacArthur Memorial. For those less interested in military affairs, stop at Sandy Bottom Nature Park to enjoy the trails.

No. 7 – Country Stores and Rural Post Offices Driving Tour

Country Stores and Rural Post Offices Driving Tour Virginia
Flickr user: Dave

Starting Location: Gloucester, VA
Ending Location: Gloucester, VA
Length: 2 miles
Best Season to Drive: All
See this drive on Google Maps

This three-mile drive may not take long to travel when driven straight through, but it can easily take up an hour or two with stops to explore. Twelve country stores and rural post offices are along the way, several of which are still in operation. These sites were once the hubs of communities, and those who visit may feel transported to a different place and time.

No. 6 – Nelson Scenic Loop

Nelson Scenic Loop Virginia
Flickr user: Charles Payne

Starting Location: Wintergreen, VA
Ending Location: Wintergreen, VA
Length: 42 miles
Best Season to Drive: All
See this drive on Google Maps

Travelers along this tour of Nelson County are treated to mountain views and fertile farmlands. Hike the trails around Crab Tree Falls, which has one of the tallest sets of waterfalls east of the Mississippi River. In Rockfish Valley, stop at one of the several local wineries for an informative tour and some samples.

No. 5 – Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel Virginia
Flickr user: Matthew Sullivan

Starting Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Ending Location: Cape Charles, VA
Length: 19 miles
Best Season to Drive: All
See this drive on Google Maps

This convenient, over-the-ocean route, from Virginia Beach to the state’s eastern shore is a relatively short but memorable drive. Stop at Sea Gull Island to watch the ships go by and take pictures of both the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay. The salt marshes and dunes at Fisherman’s Island are also worth a look, with its plentiful wildlife and beautiful scenes.

No. 4 – Colonial National Historic Parkway

Colonial National Historic Parkway Virginia
Flickr user: Joe Ross

Starting Location: Jamestown, VA
Ending Location: Yorktown, VA
Length: 25 miles
Best Season to Drive: All
See this drive on Google Maps

Although the drive isn’t long, it is jam-packed with things to see and do. View artifacts and exhibits from the country’s beginnings at Jamestown Settlement. Stopping in Colonial Williamsburg, the world’s largest living exhibit, is an absolute must to step back in time and experience firsthand what it was like to live there in the 1700s.

No. 2 – George Washington Memorial Parkway

George Washington Memorial Parkway Virginia
Flickr user: sherrymain

Starting Location: Mt. Vernon, VA
Ending Location: Washington DC
Length: 16 miles
Best Season to Drive: All
See this drive on Google Maps

Follow the Potomac River and brush up on your knowledge of American history along the way on this route from George Washington’s home of Mt Vernon to the nation’s capital of Washington DC. Educational and photo opportunities are plentiful at Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. Don’t miss the Jones Point Lighthouse, one of the few remaining lighthouses of its kind, where fishing and picnic areas are nearby.

No. 2 – Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway Virginia
Flickr user: Matthew Paulson

Starting Location: Rockford Gap, VA
Ending Location: Maggie Valley, NC
Length: 292 miles
Best Season to Drive: Spring, Summer, and Fall
See this drive on Google Maps

This route, winding along the Appalachian Mountains, connects Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and is renowned for its outstanding views. With over 200 overlooks, photo opportunities of the region abound, and there’s always an excuse to stop and recharge from the long drive. Stop at Mabry Mill to explore and learn more about the lives of the early settlers from park interpreters that provide on-site demonstrations of skills like basket weaving and spinning thread.

No. 1 – Skyline Drive

Skyline Drive Virginia
Flickr user: Nicolas Raymond

Starting Location: Front Royal, VA
Ending Location: Waynesboro, VA
Length: 111 miles
Best Season to Drive: All
See this drive on Google Maps

Running along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains and through Shenandoah National Park as a continuation of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Skyline Drive is the most well-known scenic drive in the state for good reason. On one side of the route, behold rolling hills and on the other side, take in views of agricultural valleys. Although spectacular photos can be had at virtually any stop along the way, don’t miss Pinnacles Overlook, which showcases one billion years’ worth of geological formations.


Next Step

Schedule Brake Pad Replacement

The most popular service booked by readers of this article is Brake Pad Replacement. Yourmechanic’s technicians bring the dealership to you by performing this job at your home or office 7 days a week between 7AM-9PM. We currently cover over 10k cities and have 100k+ 5-star reviews... LEARN MORE

SEE PRICING & SCHEDULING

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Recent Brake Pad Replacement reviews

Excellent Rating


YourMechanic Brake Pad Replacement Service

Average Rating

4.9/5

Number of Reviews

10,732

Rating Summary
10,227
323
67
33
82
10,227
323
67
33
82

Rigoberto

9 years of experience
706 reviews
Rigoberto
9 years of experience
Chevrolet Equinox - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - Niles, Illinois
Rigo was great! He got there early, finished the job early, left everything clean. He changed my rear pads and rotors. The original quoted time was 90 minutes, he was done in about 60. He knows what he is doing and I am recommending him to all my friends and coworkers.
Mercedes-Benz C250 - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - Chicago, Illinois
Rigo is a maverick hands down. Don’t take your car for work elsewhere. Especially great at Mercedes—this guy knows his profession! I will be using him for everything related to my car going forward.

Arturo

25 years of experience
35 reviews
Arturo
25 years of experience
Kia Forte - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - San Diego, California
ARTURO is great! very professional , fast, replaced my front brake pads and oil an filter change. everything now works and works well. Brakes have much improved stopping power and engine is smooth and quiet.Arturo is also kind and thoughtful. "Your mechanic" is very fortunate to have Arturo Lopez represent your company. I enthusiastically recommend him and "Your mechanic> as a fine operation Best regards to the Team Peter Marto
Nissan Maxima - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - San Diego, California
Arturo was prompt and completed my brake repair, including new rotors in a very efficient manner. I am very pleased with the quality of the work and the parts and will definitely look to have him service our other car in the near future.

Scott

32 years of experience
345 reviews
Scott
32 years of experience
Lexus IS250 - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - Denver, Colorado
Always on time, speedy, professional, and pleasant to interact with. The work is always consistent and we'll done. I can't reccomend Scott highly enough!

Michael

10 years of experience
15 reviews
Michael
10 years of experience
Nissan Sentra - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Conyers, Georgia
He was promptly on time and got the job done efficiently in a timely manner. I really appreciate the rapid respone on getting the job done! I would most definitely use this service again.

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE