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    Blue Ridge Mid May from Eastern Canada

    We are planning to tour the Blue Ridge Parkway mid-May, leaving from Quebec City, Province of Quebec, Canada.

    We are planning to stop at Philadelphia then Virginia Beach, then the Blue Ridge, then back home.

    Any recommendation? Is this a good date?

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    Weather should be beautiful. We're already in the 70's down here. There are a few portions of the parkway that are closed because of last years hurricanes, so you'll need to check. Have fun .

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    Blue Ridge Mid May form Eastern Canada

    Thank you. The Parway officials gave me the area where there are closures (about 20 miles in all).


    Thanks again.

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    Try to hit it on a weekday. Much less traffic!

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    From VA BCH to the Blue Ridge

    If you're leaving the Beach headed to the Blue Ridge Parkway, take the southern route. Route 460 due west takes you through some nice rolling countryside and into Lynchburg. Than go north on Rt29 a little to Amherst, VA, then west on Rt 60 staight up to the parkway. 60 is a great road.

    If you're looking to stay somwhere out there, stay on 60 past the Parkway to the town of Buena Vista. As you enter town there is a local motel, clean and cheap, on the right called the Buena Vista Motel. Local places to eat, get grociries, etc. Then back up 60 eastbound puts you right back on the Parkway.
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    VA Beach Mid May????

    You don't happen to be going to any kind of convention then do you? I'll be there then with LTS, be nice to have a fellow beemer to talk with.

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    No convention. Just pure vacation time.

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    Here's a great site to the entire parkway with everything of interest to do, places to stay etc.

    http://www.blueridgeparkway.org/default.htm
    has and excellent set of maps as well.

    Also I highly recomend this place for a stop over one night. Best views from the rooms that can be had along the parkway, esp for the price. Very freindly (plan on good half hour of conversation before even seeing your room ! )

    The Alpine Inn

    I've stayed there twice and each visit was great. Just about the best deal you'll find anywhere along the parkway, and just a half-mile from the parkway itself. I simply can't recommend it enough.

    This was something I wrote after my second visit there
    Images From The Alpine Inn


    Also there is Grandfather Mountain that has a very cool switchback road leading to the top with a swinging bridge across two peaks that is a mile high.

    Lots of nice little trails leading to some wonderful waterfalls, and a few of the trails are an easy 20 minute walk.

    Stop often, enjoy the views, take lots of pics and take your time; that is, after, all why it was built in the first place. A place to get away, to relax and take it slow and enjoy the wonders of nature.

    Enjoy

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    Just do it

    I've just returned from a trip on the lower blue ridge and the Smokies. Don't forgret to do the Gap, just so you can say you did. After many trips in many places, I just haven't found a way to beat those Appalacian mountains. The Blue ridge and the Smokies are just beyond words in beauty. You actually overload your senses with the beauty of creation. And what roads you can find if you get off the beaten path. Plan the most popular roads (Deals Gap and such) for during the week to avoid crowds and more intense police activity. Try to get to the Wheels of Time museum in Maggie Valley, NC. and the Barber Sports Museum in Birmingham AL. if at all possible.

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