We are headed south for the winter (our team is based in New York City) so our Travel Tuesday are all about getting in some warmth. And we mean that in both the southern charm and the weather sense! Up for a roadtrip? Remember how we picked our favorite roadtrips for Travel Tuesday over the summer? Well this is a bit of a mix of that as driving the New River Gorge National River scenic drive tops Southern Living’s “best things to do in the south” charts. Consider it the lazy way to hike the Appalachian trail.
Be warned, you must piece together roads that cross the river “like uneven stitches” as Southern Living lyrically puts it―but they promise that the “wow” factor quickly piles up. Their recommended Route? Take U.S. 19 near Fayetteville, where the longest single-span steel arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere links canyon rims 876 feet up. The older, smaller bridge of State 82, Fayette Station Road is below and part of a narrow, steep, switchback-heavy course. They call it an “adventureland” drive with the thinnest, wiggliest lines rural byways. Just take a map. We promise no jokes about dueling banjos. We’ve taken the leisure of link up with other enjoyable things to do like rafting and some solid lodging along with rock climbing, horseback riding and antiquing. Plus we even found you this gorgeous house to stay in. No seriously look at this place.