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Summer Events Along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia

In honor of the 75th anniver­sary of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia’s small towns and com­mu­ni­ties along “America’s Favorite Drive,” are cel­e­brat­ing with spe­cial events and fes­ti­vals all sum­mer long.

The Blue Ridge Parkway is an iconic travel des­ti­na­tion, stretch­ing 469 miles from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains. Reconnect with loved ones and nature in this pris­tine part of Virginia where music fes­ti­vals, arts and crafts fairs, and food and wine events show­case the tra­di­tions and hos­pi­tal­ity of Virginia’s Blue Ridge region.

Win The Ultimate Family Road Trip With Virginia’s Blue Ridge Parkway Sweepstakes

The Virginia “Go Green on the Blue Ridge Parkway Sweepstakes” is the chance to win the ulti­mate fam­ily road trip. Visitors to www.Virginia.org/BRP can enter to win a seven-day, six-night vaca­tion for four, com­plete with air­fare, a hybrid rental car from Enterprise Rent-A-Car and overnight stays at Virginia Green hotels, resorts and cab­ins. The sweep­stakes is open to U.S. res­i­dents 21 and older and runs through November 1, 2010.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Celebrates 75 Years Ablaze in Autumn Color

Longtime natives of the Asheville area in the Blue Ridge Mountains, known for its extended fall foliage sea­son, will tell you that the best color dis­plays come later — toward the end of October. Celebrating the 75th anniver­saries of Smoky Mountains National Park in 2009 and Blue Ridge Parkway in 2010, moun­tain fam­i­lies like Steve Woody’s were moved from their home­steads in the 1930s for the cre­ation of the park and are proud of the nat­ural legacy they have left to us all.