Virginia: Blue Ridge Parkway

Heading back from Pigeon Forge, we wanted to get some more nature in before getting back to DC. So we planned our trip to spend a few hours driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

We had driven on some of this before down when I lived in Boone, NC, but we hadn't been on it in Virginia.

We drove the stretch between Roanoke, Virginia, and Shenandoah National Park. We were too tired to do Skyline Drive in Shenandoah so it's not included here (but just a couple weeks later we went hiking in Shenandoah, so it turned out pretty well).

I have no idea exactly where the pictures were taken unless they have the markers in the photo like the one above. But suffice it to say that we had another gorgeous day and the whole trip was beautiful.

My car also hit 50,000 miles while on the Parkway. I bought it new on January 4, 2010, and at only 3 1/2 years old it already has over 53,000 miles. For comparison's sake, my mom's car is a 2001 with barely 90,000 miles on it.

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a wonderful, slow-paced drive to see all the sights and get away from the city for a while.

Plan ahead with gas and food. You'll have to get off the Parkway to get both.

In the summer and fall the whole Parkway is packed, but it was perfect on this day in April. We hardly saw any other people on the road. Eric even saw two wild turkeys on the drive!

Below is a panorama at one of the overlooks, if you'd like to click it to see more.

Have you ever driven on the Blue Ridge Parkway? What was your experience like?
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