The Blue Ridge Parkway, nicknamed “America’s Favorite Drive,” is a 469-mile road that snakes along the crest of the Appalachian Mountains between North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park at the south end and Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park at the north end. Noted as the longest scenic road in America that was planned as a single unit, construction began in 1935, just two years after President Roosevelt drove the Skyline Drive that traverses Shenandoah National Park, inspiring him to connect these two great national parks with a scenic road.The parkway’s sweeping turns and breathtaking views lure many motorhome travelers along its length. The northern half of the Blue Ridge Parkway, in Virginia, is RV-friendly, save for the Bluff Mountain tunnel at milepost 53.1, which may be a tight squeeze with a clearance of 13 feet 7 inches. On a recent road trip, my husband, Mark, and I used the parkway as a guide to cross Virginia from south to north.

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