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Scenic road through Blue Ridge Mountains?

I am driving from NYC to Pensacola Beach, Fl and would like to take the Blue Ridge Parkway or any other scenic road around the Blue Ridge Mountains. I don't want to add too much driving time to my trip as it is already about 20 hours. Is there a scenic road of the mountains "on the way"? thanks
  • melio19
     asked this on May 29, 2012 at 11:12 AM
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That's a long trip, no doubt, and taking the "scenic" route will certainly add some time to your journey. Instead of following the I-95 corridor via Washington and Richmond, you might want to take I-66 from DC over toward I-81. One option, from there, would be to head up to Shenandoah National Park and drive part or all if its Skyline Drive (some nice lodges and campgrounds up there, too). This precedes the start of the Blue Ridge Parkway and is an equally pretty drive (depending on when you're going, it can also get a bit slow with traffic!). Another option might be to cut over to Asheville from Greensboro, NC, and spend a night or two there. This will put you close to the Smoky Mountains and within easy range of some nice day hikes and drives (such as Linn Cove Viaduct on Grandfather Mountain). From Asheville, it's not too far to get back on I-85 and truck it down to the Panhandle via Atlanta.
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