I had heard the name Shenandoah many times in my life, but I didn’t know what to expect as we moved into the area and decided to route our way to this national park. And for me, this park earned the “most peaceful national park” award because, wow, watching a Virginia sunset over the Shenandoah Valley without another soul in sight has left a lasting impression on me. I remember watching that sunset and just taking deep breaths, breathing in the peace of those moments (we had just left the D.C. area also, so it felt extra peaceful in contrast). Located just 75 miles from the hustle and bustle (and politics) of D.C., this wonderland feels many, many miles away indeed. The scenic tour along Skyline Drive through the 200,000 acres that comprise this park was an easy and meandering drive that relaxed me completely. But needless to say, the pristine forests, miles of hiking trails, and valley views make this a do-not-miss spot for you and the family.