Virginia's Blue Ridge is a great place to experience the outdoors without having to deal with big crowds or long lines.

It's why the region is featured in a new article in The Dallas Morning News titled "From the Grand Canyon to the Bahamas, find getaway fun at these 5 less-congested destinations."

The story recommends hiking the Triple Crown in Virginia's Blue Ridge as an alternative to the daunting task of hiking the entire Appalachian Trail or Pacific Crest Trail.

Hiking the Triple Crown incorporates the opportunity to see three of the most beautiful summits in the region - Dragon's Tooth, McAfee Knob, and Tinker Cliffs.

The following is an excerpt from the story:

"Dragon's Tooth Trail, McAfee Knob and Tinker Cliffs all delight with gentle climbs, strenuous steep and rocky stretches and fun surprises like tunnels between boulders, fairy tale-like forests and sky-high wildflower gardens. 

McAfee Knob's iconic ledge, which offers a glorious view of the lush Catawba Valley, is among the world's most spectacular nature-made selfie spots."

When you're not on the trail, you can also enjoy the many farm-to-table restaurants, craft breweries, and vibrant downtowns.

Virginia's Blue Ridge earned a spot on the list alongside other amazing destinations like The Badlands in North Dakota, St. Lucia, and the Bahamas.

Visit The Dallas Morning News website to see the full article.