In late August 2011, Pete and I decided to take a three day trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Being so close, it just seemed natural for us to take this trip. We didn't make any plans, because we were not sure what to expect. The parkway runs from North Carolina to Virginia. We opted to travel to Asheville, N. C. and head north on the parkway as far as three days would allow. This is a photographers dream highway. At every turn there was a photo opt. Linville Falls and the Mabry Mill are two of the most photographed icons on this route. In late August, the leaves are still green and the weather is almost perfect. I'm sure fall and winter would produce some great photo ops too. There are plenty of websites that could advise you on weather and highway conditions. We never had a problem finding gas or lodging along the way. We ended our trip about 60 miles from the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. If you get the chance to make this trip, take it. We crossed this off our Bucket List and still look back on this, as one of our best trips ever.