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  • Humpback Rocks along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Charlottesville, Virginia
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    Starting Point: Charlottesville, Virginia

  • Charming and historic downtown Staunton, Virginia
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    Gorgeous Parks and Culture in Staunton, Virginia

  • Blackwater Falls State Park in Canaan Valley, West Virginia
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    Resort Life in Canaan Valley, West Virginia

  • Peaceful hike in Beartown State Park near Snowshoe, West Virginia
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    Seeing the Stars from Snowshoe, West Virginia

  • Lewisburg, West Virginia, a picture-perfect small town
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    Picture-Perfect Lewisburg, West Virginia

  • Stunning views of Grandfather Mountain from Boone, North Carolina
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    Reaching Great Heights in Boone, North Carolina

  • Scenic vistas along the way to Hickory, North Carolina
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    End the Journey in Hickory, North Carolina

A scenic drive through the mountains of West Virginia
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Mountain Views Via Motorcycle

  • Route distance:
    908 km
  • Suggested Time:
    4 days

Stunning vistas await along scenic Southern highways

There is no better way to see the beautiful scenery of the Southeast than on the back of a motorcycle. The stunning vistas and clear blue skies of Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina welcome riders on this mountain trek of curvy two-lane roads and scenic freeways. Great food, outdoor adventure and mountain lodges highlight your seven-stop journey.

Humpback Rocks along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Charlottesville, Virginia
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Starting Point: Charlottesville, Virginia

From Richmond International Airport in Virginia, travel 125 kilometers on the historic Three Notch’d Road, a major east-west route in the 1700s, to reach Charlottesville. Start your visit at Monticello, the hilltop plantation of Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States, to get a panoramic view of the historic college town and its skyline, surrounded by rolling foothills with mountain views. Hiking, biking and walking tours abound in the mountains surrounding the home and museum,  a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area has over 30 vineyards, including King Family Vineyards, 15 minutes from Charlottesville, which hosts polo matches every Sunday from Memorial Day through mid-October. If you need a snack, pick strawberries, sweet cherries, peaches, apples, and pumpkins seasonally at Chiles Peach Orchard in Crozet. Continue driving into the winding climbs of the Blue Ridge Parkway and stop to hike in Humpback Rocks. Over 160 kilometers of Appalachian Trail snake through nearby Shenandoah National Park. On your way to Staunton, stop at Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton for food, drinks and more majestic mountain views.

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