Named "America's Favorite Drive," The Blue Ridge Parkway winds along the Appalachian Mountains for 469-mile through Virginia and North Carolina. It's a leisurely drive, with speed limits averaging around 45 miles per hour, but you'll be so busy taking in the views to notice. Start the drive in Waynesboro, Virginia just outside of Shenandoah National Park. The road was developed during the great depression over 75 years ago to create a link between the National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Throughout the drive, you'll pass through historic settlements, scenic overlooks, and developed cities like Roanoke. Many take the opportunity to spend a few nights camping at one of several campaign sites along the way.