Fall has recently arrived in the NC Mountains and the color of the trees is truly magnificent. One way to enjoy the colors of an NC Mountain Fall are by taking a scenic drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway which runs through Alleghany County NC, Ashe County NC, and Watauga County NC. Jamie Jensen of Travel+Leisure just wrote a segment in regards to the Blue Ridge Parkway and is below for your reference.
America’s Most Iconic Drives
Classic Americana combined with great scenic drives make for can’t-miss road trips across the country.
By Jamie Jensen
Automobile ads love to show shiny vehicles cruising open highways under blue skies, with mountains and beaches nearby. But when was the last time you took a drive like that? For most of us, our cars are merely workhorses to haul us around town.
Still, it’s easy to break out of the rut. Magnificent roads are never far—routes that slice through forests, dance along the coastlines, and thread through mountain passes. They’re scenic drives, yes, but they’re also classically American. And once you find the right route, it’s easy to rediscover the exuberant freedom of the open road.
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.”
Try to make it up to the NC Mountains this fall and take a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Furthermore, if you would like to stop in and check on the local NC Mountain Real Estate stop by and see me at my local Regency Properties office that is located in West Jefferson NC.