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- Review By TripAdvisor Traveler, Theresa B, Saint Augustine, Florida
Tip: At just under 470 miles, these are easily-managed explorations – you can do them in comfort in 10-14 days. Avoid the winter though, when sections of the route are closed; instead do your trip in fall for unforgettable foliage displays.
On this high, dramatic, snaking, ribbon of a road the place names are as legendary as the vistas: Great Smoky Mountains, Shenandoah, Appalachians. Here wide wildernesses shelter quaint towns and there’s a photo op at every stop. You’ll tour vineyards, ride horses and tap your toes to Blue Ridge Mountain tunes. So get set for tree-clad mountains, thundering waterfalls and crane-your-neck views.