North Carolina Visitor Attraction of the Year

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The Blue Ridge Parkway was tapped the North Carolina Visitor Attraction of the Year for exemplifying excellence, innovation and setting the standard for an exceptional visitor experience. Having just commenced its 75th Anniversary Celebration, the Parkway is considered one of the great public accomplishments of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal. The 469-mile parkway, which winds through the high mountains of the southern Appalachians and joins Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains national parks, has since after World War II been the most visited site in the National Park System. It was built over a 52-year period from the turning of the first shovelful of dirt in September of 1935 until its completion in 1987.

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