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Moon – Blue Ridge Parkway Road Trip by Jason Frye

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The strength and the weakness of this guide book is that it includes information on towns and cities near the Parkway.  If you love the fact that there are no billboards on the Parkway, and you want to eat and camp or stay right on the Parkway, this is not the book for you. But if you see the Parkway as a road to towns and cities where you want to choose a good restaurant, then this book is just right. It is quite specific, giving you a 14-day road trip, Four days from D.C., and Five days from Knoxville. The Suggested Reading list is probably the greatest weakness and tells you that you won’t get the history, botany or geology you sometimes get in guide books, but the author works as a dining critic for the Wilmington [North Carolina] StarNews, so you can trust his suggestions for restaurants in towns and cities near the Parkway. And he does have a good section on music venues on and near the Parkway.

 Berkeley, California: Avalon Travel/Perseus Books/Hatchett Book Group, 2018. 358 pages with maps, photos, and Index. Trade paperback