Blue Ridge Parkway
The High Country & 50's Nostalgia
4 Days May - October
We love this new package. It links "America's Favorite Drive" to the happy days of post war suburbia. A time when highways were expanding, tourist destinations were being built and television was just beginning. Did you know the Blue Ridge Parkway could connect Daniel Boone with Andy Griffith? It's beautiful in the North Carolina High Country, the air is fresh and there's hint of nostalgia everywhere, add this trip to next years program and you'll have a winner.
Note: Horn in the West is produced from Mid June to Mid August only. Should you order this tour at a different time of the year we will adjust your price accordingly.
Day 1: Depending on the direction you are traveling you should plan to drive the Blue Ridge Parkway from either Asheville NC or from Fancy Gap, VA. It is approx 85 miles from either direction and tejh scenery off the Parkway will will occupy your travelers for the entire afternoon.
On arrival you check into a local hotel for a two night stay. Your dinner will be at a nearby restaurant. Tonight your group will enjoy the “Horn in the West” outdoor drama, in one of the most beautiful outdoor theatres in the country. This adventure, from our nation’s heritage, has offered thrilling outdoor entertainment to generations of Americans since it premiered in 1952.
The show brings to life the famous frontiersman Daniel Boone and his hearty mountain settlers in their struggle to preserve their freedom during the turbulent years of the War for Independence.
Note: Show is produced from Mid June to Mid August only.
Day 2: Today begins with a local guide on your bus. This morning’s first stop is the Emerald Village Gem Mines, a group of real mines in a very pretty mountain setting. You’ll have a chance to tour a deep mine, visit the mining museum, search for gems yourself or even pan for gold.
Then you travel to nearby Grandfather Mountain, at over 6,000 feet of elevation it’s awe inspiring. The adventurous in your group can walk the mile high swinging bridge. You can also visit wildlife habitats of black bears, river otters, cougars, bald eagles, golden eagles and white-tailed deer. A picnic lunch is included here.
Also featured this afternoon is the view from Blowing Rock an immense cliff 4,000 feet above sea level overhanging Johns River Gorge 3,000 feet below. This evening you have dinner at the Hickory Ridge Living History Museum. Enjoy a real Pioneer Meal, music and a tour of the musuem.
Day 3: This morning you enjoy a visit to the Tweetsie Railroad, a family fun Western Theme Park for more than 50 years. It’s a small Wild West town filled with shops, saloons and the like.
While here you have a chance to hop on board Tweetsie’s Wild West Adventure, on a train pulled by one of our historic coal-fired steam locomotives. It’s a trip back in time complete with Cowboys, train robbers and marauding renegades stirring up trouble.
Following lunch your group drive’s to Mt Airy. Here you enjoy a visit to the Andy Griffith Museum and other sights from the 50′s TV Show.
Following this afternoon of reminsicing on the Andy Griffith Show you group will either return to Boone for overnight, or we will position you in a more convenient city for tomorrow’s travel home.
Day 4: Return home.