Awaken your senses with the lush and rewarding scenery of the Blue Ridge Parkway, skimming the tops of the Appalachian Mountains connecting the states of Virginia and North Carolina. Start this drive from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, just 120km from Washington, D.C., America’s capital city. This 754km course yields breathtaking panoramas and up close encounters with its expansive forests and meadows.
Heading south, stop at Grandfather Mountain, a 1179m peak, known for the “Mile High Swinging Bridge”. Looking Glass Rock is also worth a visit, a granite fixture standing 1219m tall. When water freezes to the rock face, its surface reflects the sun creating a mirror-like appearance.
Spend the night at The Pisgah Inn, posted atop Mount Pisgah at 1524m elevation, the highest point on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The inn holds an on-site restaurant showcasing the landscape with wrap-around windows. End your journey in Asheville, North Carolina- a quirky and delightful hippy town, recognised for delicious craft beers and cuisine as appealing as the abundant nature surrounding the city. Get to know the locals and explore Asheville’s burgeoning art scene.