From Foodie Flashpacker:
Every year millions of travelers bound for the Blue Ridge Parkway begin the journey in North Carolina’s Queen City and gateway to the high peaks, Charlotte.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is the second most visited destination of all the National Parks! The trip westward from Charlotte to the High Country is an easy drive of about two and a half hours, filled with natural beauty all four seasons and allowing ample time for adventures off the highway as you go.
For fabulous fare and great fun, you must begin with a weekend in Belmont. You won’t leave hungry, as you’ll find several great Belmont restaurants to choose from.