A view around every corner

Trip Start Mar 17, 2012
Trip End Jun 26, 2012

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Fairfield Inn & Suites Christiansburg
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of United States  , Virginia
Monday, April 9, 2012

Today is the start of our drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway - meandering 469 miles from Shenandoah National Park in the northern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina, the Parkway follows the Appalachian Mountains and boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. 
A hundred species of trees, a variety of flowering shrubs and wildflowers as well 54 different mammals and 59 species of birds live along the Parkway - more than the entire European continent!

First, however, we must drive 150 miles from Washington to Waynesboro Virginia, where the Parkway begins.
Just out of Washington, we stop at Alexandria at the historic centre, known as Old Town, with its concentration of boutiques, restaurants and antique shops. It is a pretty town on the Potomac River and very accessible from Washington as a day trip.

Driving along Route 20 through Orange, VA, we follow some brown signs to Montpelier. This attraction turns out to be the home James Madison - perhaps the least known of the nation's Founding Fathers. His peers hailed him as the "Father of the Constitution." His great investigation into the principles and ideas of government occurred at his beloved Montpelier, where he read, thought, and conceived of the foundation of democracy upon which America still stands.
Whilst it would have been interesting to visit, time was passing and there was a historically more interesting exhibit to us- a railway station called Montpelier (near the entrance driveway to his home) which depicted racial segregation  laws in Virginia and across the South from the 1890's until the 1960's.

We eventually arrived at the start of the Parkway just after 3.00 pm and enjoyed a leisurely drive for three and a half hours before leaving the parkway for our accommodation.for the night.
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Heidi on

What, no police stops/guns drawn??? I thought you were on a roll in DC.

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