Many visitors include a stop at a Parkway Visitor Center in their itinerary. Located throughout Virginia and North Carolina, visitor centers are a perfect place to strecth your legs and explore the Parkway’s 469 miles and rich history. Country Living has put together a collection of 18 beautiful experiences of the Smoky Mountains.
18 Reasons Blue Ridge Parkway is the Most Spectacular Place to Experience Autumn
There is no better place in the country to take in the fall foliage.
The Blue Ridge Parkway, part of the National Park System and located in North Carolina and Virginia, is more than just a 469 mile road—there's a ton to see and do along the way. Here's why there's no better way to take in enchanting fall colors than this leisurely drive.
1 It connects two stunning national parks.
Driving down the parkway offers many sights to see along the way. But if you're in it for the whole stretch, you can start and end your trip with some added beauty: Blue Ridge Parkway connects Shenandoah National Park in Virginia with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina.
2 Peak color times vary, making it easier to plan your trip.
Different elevations along the parkway light up with fall colors at different times, so you're bound to spot breathtaking foliage no matter when you visit. Foliage season is generally from the end of September to the end of October, giving you some leeway when it comes to planning your trip. Plus, you won't have to worry about crowds.
3 The speed limit doesn't go above 45 mph, so you can take your time.
If you're looking to slow down and take in the one-of-a-kind views, Blue Ridge Parkway was made for you. Low speed limits force you to slow down and take in your surroundings.
4 Nearby small towns are rich in local culture.
Just off of the parkway are many small town gems. Stop by Little Switzerland, NC at Milepost 344 to discover the rich history of gem mining. Or, visit Cherokee, VA at the southern end of the parkway for a taste of Native American culture.
Find more about the Blue Ridge Parkway here…