Cello had her first ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway! She had been on Skyline Drive before, but she had never been on the Blue Ridge Parkway! The Blue Ridge Parkway spans 469 miles and connects the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive. Construction began in 1935 in Cumberland Knob, near the North Carolina/Virginia state line. The parkway was completed in 1983.