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Blue Ridge Parkway

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Address: Asheville, NC
Phone Number: 828-298-0398
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Activities: Driving
Description: This 469-mile scenic drive links Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains...
This 469-mile scenic drive links Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, while protecting the cultural and natural features of the Blue Ridge.
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Most beautiful place on earth

How can you rate a place this gorgeous. From treelined forest drives through the mountains to unique places to stop off and see mountain lakes and rivers, scenic mountain... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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103 reviews 103 reviews
21 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

How can you rate a place this gorgeous. From treelined forest drives through the mountains to unique places to stop off and see mountain lakes and rivers, scenic mountain overlooks and fields of wildflowers. One of most favorite places on earth. GO!

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

The overlook stops, tunnels, beautiful mountain views, and winding road are what makes the Blue Ridge Parkway so unique. Besides the waterfalls, I chose to camp at Mt. Pisgah Campground because I wanted to be on the parkway. It is a little scary at first since I'm used to flat FL roads. What I'm amazed by are all the motorcycle... More 

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

The Blue Ridge Parkway has many beautiful "overlooks" where you can park to admire the view, which is great because it's very hard to appreciate the scenery when you're driving on the winding roads. There are also some stretches where you see nothing but trees on both sides of the road, but keep going and you will be rewarded. The... More 

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Asheville, NC
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151 reviews 151 reviews
53 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Wow, we live 18 miles from Craggie and had never been there until today.,perfect hike for those of us not into marathons. About 20-30 minutes up to th crest, wonderful outlook there. Easy parking. Go North to mile marker 364 but past the visitor's center and through the tunnel,to the parking lot on theleft,from where the trail is well marked.... More 

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

So beautiful, it's worth a look. But make sure you take your time around those curves and check your brakes.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Postcard worthy views every 2-3 miles. Plenty of pullover places for photos. Interesting little towns to explore all along the way. We had plenty of travel time to reach Ashville, but ended up late arrival because of all our exploring. If time is limited I suggest the NC section.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

The Blue Ridge Parkway should be a must-drive for everyone. The Parkway meanders through the oldest mountains in the world. The designers provided ample turnouts for stops. And there are even restaurants with pretty good food; and sweet tea, of course. When we started our drive it was clear and sunny; but even in an afternoon deluge it was equally... More 

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43 reviews 43 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

The blue ridge portion that we took this time started around Asheville North Carolina to Cherokee. It ends where Smokey Mountain National Parliament starts. The views of the mountains are spectacular. And there are many places to stop for views and pictures. You should be warned that this road has very few access points and you can easily go a... More 

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Florida
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58 reviews 58 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

One of the most spectacular rides of my life. I had no idea what to expect and soi was amazed by the beauty. We started in Asheville and drove to Boone. The closer we got to Boone the prettier it got.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

But remind your spouse no flash photos towards you while you are driving :) Wonderful scenery and access to some great roads

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