Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia to North Carolina

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For
most of its 469-mile route, the Blue Ridge Parkway alternates between grand
panoramas and up-close looks at lush forests and meadows. That’s no
surprise considering that it runs atop the Appalachian Mountains between
Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park and the Great Smoky Mountains of far
western North Carolina. The parkway is a leisurely cruise rather than a roller coaster,
with one exception—its most breathtaking section, the Linn Cove Viaduct, which
skims the treetops as it winds around the parkway’s highest peak.

Where to Stop: Grandfather Mountain. Rising high above Linn
Cove, this 5,837-foot peak offers great views and the famous “Mile High
Swinging Bridge.”

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Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia to North Carolina

For
most of its 469-mile route, the Blue Ridge Parkway alternates between grand
panoramas and up-close looks at lush forests and meadows. That’s no
surprise considering that it runs atop the Appalachian Mountains between
Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park and the Great Smoky Mountains of far
western North Carolina. The parkway is a leisurely cruise rather than a roller coaster,
with one exception—its most breathtaking section, the Linn Cove Viaduct, which
skims the treetops as it winds around the parkway’s highest peak.

Where to Stop: Grandfather Mountain. Rising high above Linn
Cove, this 5,837-foot peak offers great views and the famous “Mile High
Swinging Bridge.”

Mark Doliner [1] [1] http://www.flickr.com/photos/markdoliner/

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