I wanted to visit both New River Gorge National Park and Shenandoah National Park as well as visit the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I’d round a 2 week trip off by visiting friends on the way home, as well as front load with a few days in Michigan.

Ohio and West Virginia

After leaving Michigan, I spent a couple nights in Ohio and a day driving across the state. I took a drive through Hocking Hills State Park as well as a quick hike down to Cedar Falls. Beautiful area, even if in Ohio. I stayed in Athens and then headed into West Virginia to visit the New River Gorge National Park. I spent the night in Charlottesville before heading to the D.C. area in Virginia the next day for my conference.

Shenandoah National Park

After the conference, I headed west to Front Royal and started the morning at the north end of Skyline drive. I ended the day 160 miles south on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Some extremely beautiful scenes in the drive down. I ended the night touring Roanoke.

Outer Banks of North Carolina

Having never been to the outer banks, I wanted to include it in my trip. I only had time to spend a night in OBX before I needed to start my journey home. I had a beachfront room on the third floor. An early but beautiful wake up call as I watched the sun come up over the ocean.