I visited Shenandoah National Park about 20th October. It seemed to be perfect time to see amazing fall trees with leaves turning colours. Well, that day in 2004 the Blue Ridge Mountains were covered by fog, thick fog at some places in upper parts. So, I could not amaze spectacular views at overlooks and no-one used these binoculars in my picture (it cost 25 c). In the beginning I regarded bad weather as a tourist trap.
Unique Suggestions: Well, I again discovered that:
- pictures taken during foggy weather are more interesting than those taken at bright sunny day;
- many animals which are active at daytime hide in a shadow during hot, sunny days and are easier to meet only at sunrise and sunset;
- lack of visitors at foggy weather may be a plus as well.
So, keep smiling and enjoy the nature whatever weather you catch.
Fun Alternatives: Weather in longer time period is unpredictable. If you can plan and change date of your visit check in advance 10-day weather forecast for Shenandoah and Luray. For peak fall colours of leaves in various parts of Eastern USA from Maine to Georgia watch Weather Channel. Usually it's about half of October in Shenandoah National Park.
Now it is really unfair of me to put this as a tourist trap, But... almost $20 to enter into is touristy little place in a tiny town forces me to place this tip.
You will see want I mean once you enter the parking lot.
Unique Suggestions: The tours are informative and enjoyable. After all is said and done this is worth a visit.