The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most beautiful drives in the United States! It runs along the summit of the Blue Ridge range, on the border of Tennessee and North Carolina. These mountains are ancient–they are the weathered remains of a range once as high as the modern Himalayas, and feature very beautiful rock forms, all part of the ancient processes of mountain formation and weathering. This image shows the beauty of the rhododendrons growing at the 5000 foot level with the multi-colored rock amphitheater in which the plants are growing. Click on image to enlarge.