City Escape: Charlottesville, Virginia

Text: James T. Parks • Photography: James T. Parks

In Charlottesville, iconic destinations of American history combine with bucolic Shenandoah Valley landscapes and serpentine roads that summit the Blue Ridge Mountains.


Approximately 185 miles

Meet-up Spot

Starbucks, 2040 Abbey Rd, Charlottesville, VA

Lunch Stop

The Southern Inn offers a contemporary American menu and friendly service. Find it at 37 S Main St, Lexington, VA.

Scenery (4 out of 5) 

Canopied country lanes, breathtaking overlooks from the Blue Ridge Parkway, and rolling farmland in the famous Shenandoah Valley make this ride one to savor.

Difficulty (4 out of 5) 

Pass roads over the Blue Ridge Mountains have some hairpin curves, steep drop-offs, and other challenges for those inexperienced with mountain riding. Overall the route has a robust number and selection of curves, which will delight most riders.

Road Conditions (4 out of 5) 

The roads are generally in very good condition. The only exceptions are a few secondary roads, which have no center line and pavement that is somewhat rough.