Preparing for Post-Pandemic Revenge Travel? Here are five reasons to enjoy the Blue Ridge MountainsBookmark this
Before the coronavirus pandemic, very few people were still alive that knew from first or second hand experience what a global pandemic was like.
Back in 1918, the Spanish Influenza pandemic lasted for almost 2 years, and although it had a much more profound impact on the global economy and public healthcare systems around the world, there are some similarities to what our great grandparents experienced a whole century ago.
Among the hardest-hit sectors by the COVID-19 pandemic was, of course, travel and tourism.
Globally, international travel saw a decline of more than ¾ from the previous year’s (2019) sales, and domestically, here in the U.S., we saw an unprecedented 42% decrease in overall week-over-week sales.
Nonetheless, traveler confidence is growing stronger and nations are cracking down on travel and safety measures in hopes of getting back to ‘normalcy’ before the summer.
As the travel industry begins to gear up for an anticipated summer season, Americans are looking at domestic travel in a new light.
Ongoing international travel restrictions and a spiking number of cases across Europe is making people more confident about booking within country lines and getting a chance to experience our own off-the-beaten-path places and experiences closer to home.
Since 2010, BlueRidgeTravelGuide.com has been helping travelers find the best places to visit in the eastern Blue Ridge Mountains.
Join us and experience the majestic Blue Ridge mountain range, where you’ll be able to enjoy the pristine outdoors and catch a glimpse of some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in the eastern coast.
Five Reasons to Enjoy the Blue Ridge Mountains this Summer
Stretching across 550 miles between Georgia and south Pennsylvania, the Blue Ridge Mountain range offers a diverse variety of the wild outdoors - national forests, rivers, lakes, and waterfalls, along with a host of endemic wildlife and forest habitats to many plants and trees.
Although there are a hundred different reasons to visit the incredible Blue Ridge Mountains, we put together five uncomplicated reasons you’ll want to know before planning your next trip.
- Explore the outdoors: with over 350 miles of hiking trails, ziplines, hot air balloons, and even horseback riding, the hardest part will be choosing how to spend your time while visiting the Blue Ridge Mountains.
- Get aquatic: with over 60 different waterfalls, 50 rivers, and four lakes, you’ll definitely spend some time in the water with activities available for everyone, from rafting and fishing to kayaking and tubing.
- Enjoy the Blue Ridge Parkway: also known as “America’s Favorite Road”, it connects the northern Shenandoah National Park to the Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina through a 469-mile road by the ridge of the mountains, America’s longest linear park.
- Relax and unwind: eat great food and relish in the comfort of the many bed and breakfast spots, resorts, and cabins as you settle in after a long day of trails and adventures.
- Unplug: forget all the commotion brought on by the pandemic, visiting the Blue Ridge Mountains will help you take a load off while spending lots of time enjoying the great outdoors: no mask required.
Bonus travel tip:
- Have a backup plan: COVID-19 has made cancellations and postponements a little too common, so you’ll want to carry a solid backup strategy in case your plans go south at the last minute. Given the outdoors nature of this experience, you’re more than likely to need an extra pair of hiking boots than to cancel your trip.
We’re very much looking forward to the upcoming summer season and hope we can help you find great places to stay and explore in the Blue Ridge Mountains!