When you’re traveling on the road, whether around Lynchburg and central Virginia or far away from home, you can always find something new if you follow the brown signs. Signs on the side of the highway signify different things. Some tell about restaurants or service stations. Some tell about hotels or motels. Brown signs on the side of the highway are used to signify attractions. The sign might be for a local, state, or national park. It might be for a winery or natural caverns. It might be for a lake or for a historic district. One thing for sure is that you won’t be disappointed if you stop.
When you travel with kids, it’s sometimes difficult to drive all day straight through to your destination. When you see a brown sign, you know it’s someplace you can stop for a while, let everyone walk around, and learn something new. Many brown sign attractions are outside, a great place to let off some pent-up energy. The longer your trip is, the more important the brown signs can be.
If you’re in Lynchburg, the brown sign might signify someplace you know about such as one of Lynchburg’s many community parks like Peaks View Park, Miller Park, Riverside Park, or Ivy Creek Park. The brown sign might tell you that you are near a historical landmark like Fort Early, Sandusky House, or Point of Honor. If you’re a little further away from home on a day trip, you might see brown signs for Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Natural Bridge, or the Peaks of Otter. But when you’re far from home, the brown signs are often for places where you’ve never been.
In West Virginia, you will find brown signs for the New River Gorge National River or the Cass Scenic Railroad. In Kentucky you will see brown signs for Kentucky Horse Park or Louisville’s Visitor Center. In St. Louis, you will see brown signs for the Gateway Arch. In Colorado, there will be signs for Colorado National Monument and Rocky Mountain National Park.
So the next time you’re on the road and everyone’s nerves are shot, look for the brown sign. You will find a place where your whole family can stretch their legs and their minds.
Many of the attractions are parks or other inexpensive tourist sites. Some of these attractions include picnic tables for an impromptu family picnic. Some are located near a river, lake, or stream where you and your kids can look for tadpoles or watch fish swim.