Blue Ridge Parkway
September 22 - October 2, 2018
(11 days, 10 nights; Sat - Tue)
Includes all lodging, breakfasts and dinners, support van, leaders, tour maps & narratives.
Front Royal, VA
Timberline van shuttle is possible from Dulles International Airport to Front Royal, VA. The ride ends in Bryson City, NC and a Timberline shuttle takes you directly to Asheville Regional Airport.
Not included: Airline service; Guide Gratuity.
Dulles International Airport - 2:00 PM; Front Royal Hotel - 4:00 PM
This is a bucket list ride along Skyline Drive, which connects to the Blue Ridge Parkway: 574 miles of gorgeous vistas and dramatic elevations. The parkway snakes through the Blue Ridge Mountains and traverses the states of Virginia and North Carolina, and offers us a chance to challenge and amaze. Our lodging stays as close to the parkway as possible, but we will sometimes have to swoop out of the mountains to find a comfortable bed and a hearty meal. The Timberline van will always be available to help you regain your elevation in the morning to continue the Parkway quest. We spend 9 days on the parkway, and have scheduled the ride to only include one weekend to minimize the competition with vehicles. The foliage should just be beginning to change and the weather should be cool in the mornings and warm in the afternoons. We end in Bryson City, NC at the southern edge of Great Smoky National Park with a celebratory dinner.
|Day 1||Orientation dinner in Front Royal, VA|
|Day 2||Begin segment 2: Skyline Drive - Swift Run Gap, V||66|
|Day 3||Wintergreen Resort, VA||62|
|Day 4||Peaks of Otter, VA||80|
|Day 5||Floyd, VA||73|
|Day 6||Sparta, NC||60|
|Day 7||Blowing Rock, NC||70|
|Day 8||Little Switzerland, NC||45|
|Day 9||Asheville, NC||60|
|Day 10||Bryson City, NC||70|
|Day 11||Segment ends|