The Blue Ridge Parkway is a sinewy and forested drive through some of the most striking views in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Parkway covers a wide range of habitats along the Appalachian Mountains, and some of these habitats are exceptionally rare. Visitors encounter unsurpassed diversity of climate, vegetation, wildlife and geological features. It’s also a favorite way to get out into the dark skies and do some stargazing.
The 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway also largely avoids major cities. This means light pollution isn’t a big problem along many of the roadways and overlooks. Even nights with a full moon can show up to about 2,500 stars from any given location along this road.
Sit back, turn off the headlights, and view the heavens from one of the prettiest drives in America.
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!