Blue Ridge Parkway
Where: North Carolina, Virginia
Length: 469 miles
Recommended drive time: Three to four days
Scenery: Boasting majestic mountains, valleys and forests galore, the Blue Ridge Parkway connects North Carolina's Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Virginia's Shenandoah National Park via the Appalachian Mountains. Although not considered a national park itself, the parkway — aka "America’s Favorite Drive" — is a National Scenic Byway and one of the most visited units of the National Park System.
Stretch your legs at: Mabry Mill
Cultural diversion: Folk Art Center
Required listening: Emmylou Harris, "Roses in the Snow"
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