Blue Ridge Parkway-North Carolina

Savor the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway

April 30, 2010, 1:08 pm
The first thing to know about the Blue Ridge Parkway is that it isn't designed for speed.

With 250 pull-outs and 800 or so spots to drink in wow-inducing vistas — not to mention a speed limit that maxes out at 45 mph — this 469-mile roadway is meant to be savored.

Consider it the "slow food" of road trips.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the byway that has been dubbed "America's Favorite Drive," and dozens of related events, from symposia to art exhibits, will commemorate the occasion.

A product of the New Deal and managed by the National Park Service, the parkway was built to connect Shenandoah National Park with Great Smoky Mountains National Park at a time when car ownership was growing and more Americans were taking to the roads.