Blue Ridge Parkway trip probably ruined - suggestions?
October 9, 2013 10:01 AM Subscribe
With the government shutdown, everything but the road itself is closed. Wife has declared that just driving without stopping at the parks and attractions is stupid and a waste of time, so has nixed the idea.
posted by Old'n'Busted to travel & transportation (24 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Backstory: I very rarely take any vacation time, and the last trip my wife and I had was in 2006. For about a decade, I've been wanting to drive the Blue Ridge Parkway + Skyline Drive, and I was able to finally find the time next week to indulge in this. We were both looking forward to this, but with the government shutdown, everything but the road itself is closed, and my wife figures it's worthless going now, since we would just want to come back when things are open so why do it twice? (myself, I could care less).
Is there any way possible to salvage this? We had planned on parking and hiking a bit to see some nice waterfalls off the road for example, and she wanted to see whatever national monuments and etc there was. We haven't made any hotel reservations and planned on finding available stuff in nearby towns as needed or via a hotel-finder app. There has been minimal money spent for this, and what has, can be returned or resold.
Right now I'm pretty much resigned to un-doing my vacation time off from work and think about trying again a few years from now.