Blue Ridge Parkway: A Sensory Journey

by Country Inns & Suites
Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Here are some of the sensory experiences that are part of the Blue Ridge Parkway:

Just off the parkway, Mount Mitchell rises 6,684 feet, making it the tallest mountain east of the Mississippi River. At the top, you’ll find an impressive 360-degree view.

Old-time fiddle music is part of the legacy of early Scots-Irish settlers. Performance venues are common in local towns.

Visit Ararat, Virginia’s Levering Orchard in June and pick cherries right off the tree. You’ll find no cherries sweeter than the ones you pick yourself.

Most days, on the 228-foot suspension bridge on Grandfather Mountain, the winds will invigorate you as well as the view.

In June and July, be sure to stop at Craggy Gardens, where you can smell the thriving wildflowers and see blooming rhododendrons.

Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway

Try Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway by Randy Johnson, an insider’s guide to the trails along the Parkway, its overlooks and roadside facilities.

Road Rules

In most cases, if you’re from outside the United States and plan to drive for fewer than 30 days you can use your driver’s license from your native country. However, plan to check about licensing and insurance requirements, as these both vary from state to state. If you’re going to drive for more than 30 days in North Carolina or Virginia, you will need to get a state driver’s license. At the time of application, you must present both a motor vehicle report (MVR) and a copy of your driver’s license from your native country that indicates the original date you were licensed.

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