One of my favorite places to watch the leaves change colors in the fall is in the Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. The drive up through the park on the Blue Ridge Parkway is named as one of the America’s Most Scenic Drives. With over 500 miles of roads winding through the trees and past beautiful vistas, you really can’t lose no matter what time of year it is, but the canopy of reds, oranges, and golds, in the fall is simply stunning! I recommend heading up the Blue Ridge Parkway to Big Meadows at mile 51 on the drive. It was a favorite spot of both President Hoover and President Roosevelt. Big Meadows has a lodge, mini cabins, and a large campground. You can visit their little shops or tour the museum at the Harry F. Byrd Visitor’s Center to learn about the interesting role that the park played over the years. The lodge itself is listed on the National Historic Registrar. I enjoy sitting in the rocking chairs in their great room next to the fire after a long hike. Their dining room alone is worth the drive. Get the fried chicken and save room for their signature Blackberry Ice Cream Pie!
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