The Blue Ridge Parkway is a national park experience that belongs on your bucket list, according to a new article in the Traverse City Record Eagle.

The story was written by Mike Terrell, who visited Virginia's Blue Ridge in 2011 as part of a media tour hosted by Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge - formerly the Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau. Traverse City is the largest city in Northern Michigan with a micropolitan area of over 140,000. The Traverse City Record Eagle website receives approximately 350,000 unique visitors and 1.5 million pageviews every month.

The piece focuses on the experiences travelers can enjoy on Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia and points out that the Parkway is the longest linear national park in America - winding 469 miles from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina.

There are also many unique experiences along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia's Blue Ridge, including hundreds of miles of hiking trails, scenic overlooks, historic icons like Mabry Mill, and easy access to the rich railroad history of Roanoke.

For those looking for a scenic drive and memorable road trip, there's no place better than Virginia's Blue Ridge.

You can read the article in its entirety on the Traverse City Record Eagle website.