Hundreds of bird and animal species, thundering waterfalls, thick forests and seemingly endless mountain vistas attract many visitors to Shenandoah National Park. Its location just 75 miles from bustling Washington D.C. makes it easy for families to spend a weekend or a week exploring the park's 200,000 acres of protected wilderness. The 100-mile-plus Skyline Drive showcases the best of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Camping and hiking are popular family-friendly activities. The two visitor centers are the best places to pick up maps and learn about kid-friendly programs available in Shenandoah National Park.