Never having driven the Blue Ridge Parkway before, we had no idea how many miles we would cover in a day. We didn't want to make a hotel reservation and then have to hurry past interesting places, or end up at the hotel long before we were ready to end our day. So we took our chances. The first day, time to find dinner and a bed found us at a place called Little Switzerland. All I will say is the next day we guessed how far we'd drive and phoned ahead for reservations.