Lynchburg, Virginia

Travelers in search of the ideal getaway can follow the lead of American visionary Thomas Jefferson who deemed Lynchburg “the most interesting spot in the state.” This is the place Jefferson chose to build his year-round retreat, Poplar Forest.

The close proximity of the region’s historic sites, wilderness areas, and urban diversions, make it possible for visitors to cover a lot of territory at a leisurely pace. Hike the Blue Ridge Mountains in the morning, shop for antiques in the afternoon, and top it all off with a delightful evening of dinner and jazz. Plan a two-day visit to see Old City Cemetery, Point of Honor, Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, or National D-Day Memorial.

Unlike Thomas Jefferson, you won’t find it necessary to design and build your own accommodations to retreat here throughout the year. Lynchburg offers over 1,800 rooms ranging from quaint bed and breakfast inns to luxury hotels. Once you discover Lynchburg, you’ll understand why our visitors return to stay for another week, a month, a summer-even a lifetime!


West Virginia – Jefferson County

Why visit Jefferson County, West Virginia? Travel just a few hours from the Blue Ridge Parkway and experience the physical activities, scenic beauty and historical heritage. Find out why Thomas Jefferson once said that the view at Harpers Ferry was worth crossing an ocean. You might enjoy the fun of fish­ing, rafting or tubing the cool waters of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers. Maybe you would prefer to hike the Appalachian Trail or bike the C&O Canal and Antietam Battlefield. Discover the best “birding” spots or experi­ence the thrill of Charles Town Racing & Slots.

See where John Brown’s Raid took place as you do a walking tour in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park but don’t forget walking tours of historic Charles Town and Shepherdstown. Remember to take the time to visit quaint shops, antiques and flea markets. The 112 mile Washington Heritage Trail National Byway allows you to find out about the extensive Washington history in this area.

For more:  http://www.blueridgeparkway.org/BRPA2010/section%201.pdf