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Travel

  • Parkway's 'gateway communities' to celebrate

    This year marks the 75th anniversary of the date construction began on the 469-mile "All-American Scenic Byway."
    Work on the Blue Ridge Parkway began Sept. 11, 1935, at Cumberland Knob, near the North Carolina and Virginia border at milepost 217.

  • Antique Roadtrip

    A group of 75 antique and classic cars will be a part of the Blue Ridge Parkway's 75th anniversary celebration on Sept. 11.
    Tom Littrell, president of the Twin County Region Antique Automobile Club of America, started a year ago trying to find 75 people who would drive their antique and classic cars through local communities in celebration of the anniversary.

  • Blue Ridge Parkway visitors spend $500 million in Va.

    Gazette writers Christopher Brooke and April Wright contributed to this article.

  • Fancy Gap visitors' center almost ready

    FANCY GAP — Rome wasn't built in a day, but the Romans probably could have taken a few cues from the Fancy Gap visitors' center work.
    Seeming to spring up next to the Pickin' Porch and an electronic kiosk on U.S. 52, first benches appeared as a Boy Scout Eagle and community service project.

  • Tourists making Galax their destination

    In the past three months that the Galax Visitors' Center has been opened, it has served 2,500 tourists from across the nation and around the world, center director Ray Kohl told  Galax City Council last Monday.
    Visitors to Galax have came from England, France, Canada, Australia, Austria, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Mexico, Ireland, Scotland, Brazil and Cuba and Puerto Rico.

  • Play traces Blue Ridge Parkway's origin

    HILLSVILLE — The bucolic origins of the Blue Ridge Parkway arise more from myth that from fact, playwright Frank Levering finds.
    When Levering put a play on the Cherry Orchard Theater's schedule, "Riders in the Sky," he admits he did so out of a sense of obligation.

  • Hot Competition

    Professional barbecue teams from all over the country will come to downtown Galax this weekend to compete for the coveted handmade banjo trophy, bragging rights and a chance to take their team to the 2011 “Memphis In May” World Championship in Tennessee.

  • Kanawha Valley is latest stop on Crooked Road

    DUGSPUR — Kanawha Valley Arena has just come out of the gate with its Crooked Road affiliated partner designation, but the place ropes in much more than mountain music.

    Kanawha Valley has separated itself from the herd of other venues on the Virginia heritage music trail through the variety of its offerings.

  • Fishing at Lovill's Creek Lake

    By taking a boat out into Lovill's Creek Lake, anglers can enjoy some of the finest fishing anywhere in the state, according to a recent report by a Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries biologist.

    Carroll County abounds with opportunities to fish — many of its creek and river banks are well known and popular with enthusiasts.

    Take the six miles of Crooked Creek that are heavily stocked three days a week, or the many boat ramps on the New River.

  • Music center now open

    The Blue Ridge Music Center will open on Saturday, and live music at the amphitheater will begin on May 28.

    The center on the Blue Ridge Parkway celebrates Virginia’s mountain music heritage with exhibits, concerts, presentations and daily musical performances.

    The summer concert series for 2010 will include a special weekend of performances celebrating the parkway's 75th anniversary in September.