As the cabin fever settles in and your itch to get out of the house intensifies during Shelter-in-Place Orders, you might be wondering what you can do to get a change of scenery! Luckily, there is still a way you can cure your craving without putting others at risk. The problem rests within crowds of people, not necessarily the place in which they congregate. But since parks, beaches, hiking trails, etc. attract people, it can be risky, and you must use caution if you are to visit such places. Not going in groups, staying at least 6 feet away from others, and wearing a mask are among some precautions you HAVE to take. Above all else, make sure to follow Local, State, or National Public Health recommendations.
But, we need to keep our sanity! Staying cooped-up is a toll on everyone’s mental health, whether you live in a one-bedroom apartment or a mansion. We must preserve our mental health, or else we will experience a surplus of stress, which will cause us to be more susceptible to getting sick! With that being said, you must think creatively about what you can do during these times. If going to a park is becoming too dangerous, and staying home is becoming unbearable, what can you do?
Go on a scenic Sunday Drive! Remember the good ole days when you’d get in your, or your friend’s car, and drive with no destination insight? Well, the Pandemic is bringing back Sunday Drives, and it turns out, there’s no wrong way to do it. Roll the windows down, turn on your favorite tunes, and see where the asphalt takes you. Take this opportunity to scout for places you will stop at when the Pandemic is in our rearview. Bring a notebook and write down vintage shops, restaurants, and pull-over areas along the way so you can go back and enjoy the drive even more next time! Here are our top picks for the most beautiful roads to cruise in our area:
- Blue Ridge Parkway: At a whopping 217 miles long, this parkway travels through the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. This gorgeous road follows the high crests of the central and southern Appalachian mountains.
- Skyline Drive: This road follows a north-south route along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains for 105 miles through Shenandoah National Park. This is one of the country’s most picturesque drives—Skyline Drive features 75 overlooks with scenic vistas of the Shenandoah Valley. If these overlooks are empty, feel free to pull over and take a photo, and if not, write it down for next time!
- Hallowed Ground National Scenic Byway: Take a journey on this road if you are a history buff. Featuring 21 historic homes, 57 historic towns and villages, hundreds of battlefields, and 18 national and state parks, it will be like driving through time!
- The Colonial Parkway: If you’re looking for a quick afternoon getaway, this short and sweet drive is perfect. It’s only 23 miles long but spans over 175 years in terms of colonial history by connecting the historical sites of Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, and Yorktown, known as America’s Historic Triangle.
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