|We continued the trip to New England with stops in Wytheville and Luray, VA. We stopped for a couple of days in Wytheville. While there, we drove the Virginia portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway, but did not find it as spectacular as the North Carolina portion – it did not have the extensive vistas that we saw in NC. We were also surprised to find how far behind the season seems to be – Dogwoods and Redbuds were still in full bloom, but the hardwoods have barely begun to sprout leaves.
After Wytheville, we headed north to Luray in the Shenandoah Valley, which we found to be beautiful. We visited Cedar Creek Battlefield, the site of a manor civil war battle. The Confederate army marched 20 miles overnight to launch a surprise attack, but after initial setbacks, the Union army prevailed.
We drove to Staunton, VA and visited the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson (known as “Tommy” as a boy). We toured the museum, his home and gardens, and saw his favorite car, a Pierce Arrow.
We also drove to the Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive on the Trike. This drive has many overlooks of the Shenandoah Valley and the Massanutten Mountains on the other side. The mountain road provided a fun drive on the Trike.