Tracing the ridges and hillsides of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Blue Ridge Parkway hosts millions of visitors every year.

2-Week Itinerary for a Blue Ridge Parkway Road Trip

The Blue Ridge Parkway hosts millions of visitors every year. In just two weeks, you can drive the 716 miles from Washington DC to Knoxville via one of the greatest scenic roads in the nation. You can also easily reverse this route by beginning in Knoxville and ending in DC.

Signpost with an illustration of a banjo marking the Crooked Road or Virginia's Heritage Music Trail.

Driving The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail

The Crooked Road, while not not an official byway in the manner of the Blue Ridge Parkway or Skyline Drive, connects nine major music venues and 60 or so affiliated venues and festivals, crossing 19 counties, four cities, 50 towns, and one state line. There you’ll find the stories of the people whose musical talent created bluegrass and country music.

Motorcycles along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Brian Patterson/dreamstime.

Driving Tips for the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive

If you plan on driving Blue Ridge Parkway or Skyline Drive, the trip is made a lot easier—and simpler!—if you know ahead of time about the mile-marker system, when and where you can fuel up, speed limits, and how to effectively pull-off a one-way trip in either your own vehicle or a rental.

An American flag flies at the top of Chimney Rock overlooking Chimney Rock State Park in North Carolina.

Discover the Blue Ridge Parkway

Known as “America’s favorite scenic drive,” Blue Ridge Parkway is more than just a drive. It’s nature, serene and awesome by turns, it’s cultured cities, hiking trails, quiet moments, and realizing that the road that led you here will take you home… but you’ll be different for having driven its miles.

Moon Blue Ridge Parkway Road Trip

This full-color guide to road tripping along the Blue Ridge Parkway includes vibrant photos and helpful planning maps. The Blue Ridge Parkway through Virginia and North Carolina draws visitors from all over the world, taking them from the majesty of the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina to the splendor of Shenandoah National Park in […]

More than 300,000 soldiers from every U.S. military conflict are buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknowns

The cemetery is a sprawling 200-acre burial site where more than 300,000 soldiers from every U.S. military conflict are buried. The uniform, white tombstones form an orderly quilt across the rolling green fields of the cemetery and are meticulously maintained. On average, more than two dozen funerals are held each weekday. Find out more about “Our Nation’s Most Sacred Shrine” at moon.com.