The Blue Ridge Mountains should be on everybody’s bucket list. Here are 5 reasons to pack your bags immediately and head out on this scenic 469-mile adventure that goes from Virginia to North Carolina.
1. It’s Pretty Quiet
The first reason is, it’s pretty quiet.
If you’re wondering why that’s such a big deal- you will understand when you get there. Because there is a speed limit of only 45 mph and big trucks are not allowed, cars are free to coast along at a comfortable pace.
So, roll down those windows, turn up that bluegrass, and enjoy the ride!
2. There Are Plenty of Stops
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Lowe Down Pimento Cheese Shrimp & Grits with Bacon for the Dinner Special tonight! It’s been a while but we know you all love this one! For lunch we have the ever popular “Canton Club” sandwich! #shrimpandgrits #bacon #pimentocheese #youcantgetanybetterthanthis #grits #clubsandwich #eat #drink #local #supportsmallbusiness #takeouttogiveback #dineoutside #curbsidepickup
Another good thing about this road trip is that you can hop off and on as you please. It’s a long, winding road with a ton of adventurous possibilities in store for you. Take any exit on the path to find restaurants, shops, museums, local parks, and more. And when you’re done, hop back on for more.
3. The People Are Friendly
You might be pleasantly surprised to discover the locals in the area are as sweet as the tea they’re sipping in their cups. So, if you get lost, don’t hesitate to ask for directions. You never know- you just might stumble upon a really good lunch tip.
4. It’s Romantic
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It is said that a waterfall is a beautiful source of wisdom for all those who listen. While there is a forecast of rain along the parkway in the next few days, this only means our waterfalls, like Crabtree Falls pictured above (MP 339), will be even more full of water and wisdom in the coming weeks. What is your favorite parkway water feature? Share with us in the comments. #WisdomWednesday #WaterfallWednesday Image Description: A waterfall cascading down rocks, with green trees and a blue sky in the background
Scenic drives with cozy picnic spots, spectacular waterfalls, and gorgeous sunsets are what romantic getaway dreams are made of. And Blue Ridge has it all. So, it’s no wonder why it’s home to several epic proposals every single year.
5. It’s Perfect Year-Round
The Blue Ridge Parkway is an absolute beauty at any time of the year.
During winter months, soft white blankets cover the mountains and visitors enjoy skiing and hot chocolate. During Spring and Summer, passerby’s admire the different flowers in bloom like lavender and azaleas. And fall? Well, it’s probably the most stunning season of all with every kind of red, orange, and yellow leaf perfectly framing the road.
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Originally posted September 17, 2020
OVER THE YEARS WITH HAVE ATTEMPED TO DRIVE THE FULL LENGTH OF THE PARKWAY. WE WERE NEVER SUCCESSFUL DUE TO ROAD CLOSURES ASSOCIATED WITH CONSTRUCTION, MUD SLIDES, SNOW, ICE, ACCIDENTS, ETC. DETOURS
HAVE LED US OFF THE PARWAY, DOWN THE MOUNTAIN AND BACK UP. IT WAS ALWAYS A FRUSTRATING EXPERIENCE.
NEVERTHELESS, WE LOVE THE PARKWAY FROM VIRGINIA TO TENNESSEE (IN SEGMENTS).
We drove the entire Blue Ridge Parkway 2 yrs ago. Most enjoyable for all of the above 5 reasons. We took 4 days and experienced great scenery,excellent food,history and friendly people. We did it in July and agree that the Fall would be fantastic. Not recommended if u have young children as they will get bored very quickly. But it needs to be on your bucket list at some point when there is no need to rush. Highly recommended