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Blue Ridge Parkway

Listed under Road Trips in Appalachian States, United States.

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The Blue Ridge Parkway is a scenic winding route through the mountains, from Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park, heading south through pristine wilderness highway, to end up in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina. The 755 km drive turns the car’s windshield into a picture frame with each bend revealing another blue-grey mountain vista. Take this route in the autumn to add bright oranges and red to the image, the trees on fire with the colours of Fall.

Pull off the road to experience a preserved bit of parkland with lots of shady places to have a picnic, or leave the car and explore the mountains on foot. Break up the driving into a few days and stop at Humpback Rocks to see Appalachian skills and traditions demonstrated, and stay in cozy camp grounds along the way.

Written by  Taryn McKinnon.

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Blue Ridge Parkway

One of America’s most stunning motorways, the Blue Ridge Parkway takes drivers through two very beautiful national parks, both Shenandoah National Park and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Seeing fog mist over the peaks of the Smoky Mountains is most distracting, so bring a picnic lunch and stop along the way for a hike or a quick dip in a roadside creek.

If traveling in the summer, be aware that this popular attraction will be less peaceful and busier than if explored in the fall. Due to hazardous weather, it is necessary to plan your trip in accordance to both the set hours of operation and road conditions, as well, if traveling in the winter.

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