My visits to NC started as a way too brief tour on the Blue Ridge Parkway during my first year of full-time RVing in 2001. That was enough to convince me I wanted to see much more.
So in June, 2007, I started a northbound tour of the entire Blue Ridge Parkway for the wildflower displays. My mom joined me for that portion and we made sure we saw every foot of the Parkway – from Smoky Mountain National Park in North Carolina to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Mom flew back home and I stayed in the Shenandoah area for a couple of months, then started heading north in October for fall leaf peeping times. I enjoyed so much of this beautiful state, and I’m sure there’s much more I missed.
The Blue Ridge Parkway was my main reason for being here in 2007. My mom and I ooh’d and aah’d on every one of the hundreds of pull-offs we stopped at.
The Biltmore Estate was absolutely incredible each time I saw it. The first time in 2001 during Christmas season and again in summer on the way up the Parkway.
Grandfather Mountain was another must-see along the Parkway after seeing pictures of their “mile-high swinging bridge,” when I became determined to walk across it!
I returned in the summer of 2013 to fully explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park from both Tennessee and North Carolina. I’ve added at least a few pages about those attractions, but really – there’s so much to do here, it’s hard to catch up!
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