1. Shenandoah National Park: Self-Driving Audio Guide
Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Note: This 110+ miles-long tour covers the essentials of Yellowstone National Park in 4-5 hours. Explore the Skyline Drive of Shenandoah National Park on a self-guided driving audio tour. Discover some of the beautiful scenery and learn about local history with commentary provided on the app. Begin at the northern end of the park, just outside Front Royal. From here, proceed south onto Skyline Drive and get your first good look at the Shenandoah Valley. The first trail you’ll reach is the Fox Hollow Trail, a great beginner hike with some intriguing history along the route. After passing the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center, arrive at the Signal Knob Overlook, offering not just some incredible views, but also a glimpse into Appalachia’s Civil War history. As you continue south past a few more great overlook points, you’ll hear about Shenandoah’s tribes dating all the way back to the Ice Age. Then you’ll get your first good look at the famous Appalachian Trail, where the nation’s most hardcore hikers test their mettle. Continuing on, learn all about the Iroquois Confederacy, the Iroquois Wars, and what happened when Europeans arrived in Shenandoah. Reach the Stony Man Mountain Trail, a perfect spot for inexperienced hikers or families to get in some steps. That’s followed closely by the Limberlost Trail, featuring educational brochures for younger travelers. Up next is Crescent Rock Overlook, a phenomenal spot to watch the sunset. But don’t worry if the sun’s not setting as you reach it—the views are still spectacular. Drive toward the next pair of great overlooks and hear how the park actually came to be, including how the Great Depression played an important role. At the Point Overlook, up next, you’ll find out all about the rich history of the deceptively humble town of Elkton. Then it’s on to the Bearfence Mountain Trail for the more adventurous and experienced hikers. Beyond that is the South River Falls Trail, offering up-close views of a stunning 83-foot waterfall. Continuing on past another few overlooks where you’ll definitely want to snap some photos. Arrive at the Blackrock Summit Trail, offering the chance to hike just a small portion of the Appalachian Trail to see what all the fuss is about. After a picture-perfect overlook of Crimora Lake, you’ll come to Calf Mountain Overlook, another beautiful spot to catch the sunset. Your tour will conclude just past here, at Rockfish Gap.