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Designed as a recreational drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway provides both stunning scenery and close-up looks of the natural beauty through the Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah national parks, which are especially beautiful in the spring. The road is about 500 miles long and busting with colorful trees, forest canopy if you go in the summer, and meadows. If you want to snap an amazing picture of the famous Mile High Swinging Bridge, go to Grandfather Mountain.