“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than what we could learn from books.” – John Lubbock
I don’t know about you, but I actually have a favorite road. The Blue Ridge Parkway has always been a road that I love to drive, and I am rarely disappointed with. I have visited it during all three seasons, and each time I am impressed with what I see. The views are amazing, and the beauty of the mountains there is unmatched. I have driven or rode on the Blue Ridge Parkway over a dozen times, and each time I am amazed at it. These photos in particular were some of my favorites from the last time we drove on it.
A ride down the Blue Ridge Parkway means you have to be prepared to start and stop your car in order to get out and enjoy the views. Here are some things about the Blue Ridge Parkway to help you plan your trip there.
Make sure you have plenty of gas in your car. It’s a long way from town at some points. Use your GPS to tell you how many miles you need to get to your final destination, and double check to make sure you don’t run out. I know at some points it’s 40 miles to the nearest station.
Have some snacks handy. There are few places to stop and eat. You don’t want to be in a situation where you get a little hungry. This could distract you from taking great pictures.
See where you want to stop on the parkway. Typically, when I go, I plan at least one stop. Last time it was Mount Mitchell. Have somewhere on the parkway that you want to see, but plan on enjoying your drive there.
Different times of the year determine how busy it is. We went one year during the peak when the leaves are changing, and it was very crowded. We had a hard time finding a place to park at times. The views are amazing at any time of the year, but be prepared for it to be busy during certain times of the year.
Do you have a favorite spot you like to drive to? Share it in the comments.