If you go
Blue Ridge Parkway: For more information, visit www.nps.gov/blri or call (828) 298-0398. The parkway runs 469 miles from Rockfish Gap, Va., just east of Waynesboro on I-64, through Shenandoah National Park past Asheville, N.C., to Cherokee, N.C., where it ends near the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee.
Book: "Super-Scenic Motorway: A Blue Ridge Parkway History" by Anne Mitchell Whisnant (University of North Carolina Press, 34.95). Visit www.superscenic.com for more information.