While the road is anything but flat and straight, the Blue Ridge Parkway is another sightseeing ride, thanks mostly to the 45-mph speed limit and the ever-watchful constabulary. What you get as a reward for your patience, are spectacular views and the smell of fresh woodland air. Take a break at the right time of year, and you’ll be serenaded by bug song that’ll make you want to take a nap in the shade with a cold ice tea. If you feel the need for some backroad mischief, we recommend you step off the Parkway onto any of the twisting roads that cross it. Don’t forget to send us a postcard.