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America's Best Fall Color Drives

America's Best Fall Color Drives: Blue Ridge Parkway

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Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia & North Carolina

Starting Point: Roanoke, Virginia

The Route: 500 miles.

What to Expect: This slice of the iconic Blue Ridge Parkway combines Virginia’s laid-back farmsteads with North Carolina’s Appalachian hardwood forests.

Where to Stop: North Carolina’s artsy city of Asheville; scenic Price Lake; mountain towns such as Blowing Rock, Floyd, and Galax, home to the Blue Ridge Music Center, which showcases the area’s bluegrass tradition.

Stay: The eight-room Black Walnut Bed & Breakfast Inn (Asheville; $$) was created by the architect behind the Vanderbilts’ Biltmore Estate.

—Bree Sposato

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