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Blue Ridge Mountains

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Take a memorable road trip along the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and South Carolina…

If you are considering a late holiday this year or are looking for spectacular Fall Colours, then the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and North Carolina put on one of the longest-running leaf colour displays in the States. Having just returned from a fantastic holiday to the area, I can’t recommend this part of the States enough.

The Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway follow the Appalachian Mountains from the Shenandoah Valley inVirginia to the Great Smoky National Park in North Carolina; this relaxed and easy drive offers endless hiking trails, blue-grass music, spectacular mountain vistas, wildflowers, sparkling waterfalls, black bear and brilliant fall foliage that is any match for what New England has to offer. Winding its way for over 550 miles of beautiful ridgeline, this drive should not be rushed. With a speed limit of 45mph and no commercial signs or vehicles, the Parkway is a gateway to many more interesting places. Allow at least 6 days to drive the whole route – even better if you have longer.

Much of the route was built during the Great Depression as part of the work created byRoosevelt’s New Deal. In addition to stunning scenery the route passes through many historical areas giving you the opportunity to learn about the Appalachian life through the ages…

Find out more about this great drive and other road trip suggestions at



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