Blue Ridge Parkway … simply stunning!

If you ever get to travel in the USA, make sure you travel some of the Blue Ridge Parkway. It would be close to the most stunningly beautiful scenic drive I’ve taken … and I’ve taken a few over the years, the wonderful Cook Highway north from Cairns to Port Douglas comes to mind.

We only travelled the smallest of portions of the Blue Ridge Parkway yesterday. The parkway, which is America’s longest linear park runs for 755 km through twenty-nine Virginia and North Carolina counties, mostly along the Blue Ridge, a major mountain chain that is part of the Appalachian Mountains.


Along the way, we stopped at several “look over” spots. Here are just some of the views … and some family pics with them.



All of this was at heights often above 5000 feet. In fact, we spent about 2 hours at Mt Pisgah – over 6000 ft high. After checking out the obligatory souvenir shop and admiring the ever-incredible view out on the Great Smoky Mountains to the west, we sat down at the amazing Pisgah Inn – 1100 meals served each day. I ordered the most – wonderful ribeye steak. David shall not live on southern-fried chicken alone. Dale and her Dad each ordered ribs. What ribs! A feast; take-home boxes ensued, such was the quantity. We were seated right on the windows, with that stunning vista beyond us.



There was never a minute on our drive and dinner stop when we weren’t captivated by beautiful shades of green, early-autumn yellows, oranges and Browns of leaves and thank you, God – beautiful blue skies punctuated by picturesque cloud formations.


I repeat; should you be in the States (or the States again), take a detour from the usual glossy-brochured tourist jaunts and travel some of the Blue Ridge Parkway (or Skyline Drive to the north) and take in something natural and wonderful, God’s creation resplendent.



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