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Blue Ridge Parkway: America's favorite drive

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a scenic road stretching for 469 miles between Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina.  

The Parkway is free to visit and features a variety of attractions. There are over 200 scenic overlooks and eight campgrounds to stop and take in nature’s beauty.  

Grandfather Mountain is an iconic peak, one of the highest along the Blue Ridge. This area is popular among hikers and known for its incredible biodiversity. 

Also among the attractions are 11 visitor centers and several cultural sites. A few notable places to stop are the Folk Art Center, the Museum of North Carolina Minerals, the Blue Ridge Music Center and the Mabry Mill Cultural Site.  

Music lovers can seek out events and concerts along the Parkway, as well. The Music Center’s outdoor amphitheater is home to many traditional bluegrass musicians helping share Appalachian stories. 

If you need a day to take a relaxing, leisurely drive and reconnect with the mountains, the Blue Ridge Parkway is the place to go. There is something fun for everyone to enjoy along the way. 


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