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Blue Ridge Parkway

Asheville, NC
828-298-0398
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Ranked #1 of 84 Attractions in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic Drives, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, National Parks
Activities: Driving
Owner description: This 469-mile scenic drive links Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, while protecting the cultural and natural features of the Blue... more » Owner description: This 469-mile scenic drive links Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, while protecting the cultural and natural features of the Blue Ridge. « less
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Indiana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

Quiet and serene. Beautiful drive. No rushing. Turned off the AC and rolled down the windows. Awesome!

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Colden, New York
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

Absolutely loved the scenery, and all of the overlooks. It is a time consuming endeavor to drive the entire length, since the speed limit is only 35 miles per hour...but you won't be disappointed.

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Houston
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137 reviews 137 reviews
34 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

We had a great time driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway northeast of Asheville. If you want to hike, I would recommend that you plan to hike in a specific spot ahead of time. We went to Crabtree Falls which was a moderately strenuous 3-mile hike (roundtrip) to a 70 foot waterfall.

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Clearwater, Florida
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52 reviews 52 reviews
16 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

The Blue Ridge Parkway is absolutely amazing. A tree lined parkway with a speed limit of 45 and plenty of Overlook areas to pull off the road and enjoy the view. There are also numerous hiking locations and other nature opportunities along the way. A wonderful way to experience nature.

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Atlanta
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

This is one of the most beautiful drives you will ever take. Breathtaking vistas and places to stop and get out and enjoy the views. Take turns driving so everyone can take in the beauty and to top it off it's free.

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Tyrone, Pennsylvania
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198 reviews 198 reviews
64 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

Me and a friend wrapped up our trip to south western Virginia by jumping on the Blurle ridge parkway at Roanoke. What a thrilling ride.slowly climbing in height. There are many scenic overlooks. I like that in the Valleys it was in the 80s and up on the ridge it was in the mid 70s we went about twenty miles... More

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Potomac, Maryland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

We drove on the Blue Ridge from Asheville where we were staying. It's a lovely drove with plenty of overlooks and beautiful scenery. We stopped at Looking Glass Falls which was amazing as well as the Highland Crafts Center ( a must see). Just be careful, if you get stuck behind someone going slow you're stuck since it's a one... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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181 reviews 181 reviews
20 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Its a great experience and you have to do it. There are lots of places to pull over and admire the great views. Its longer then I,d expected and frankly driving from Cherokee to Asheville got a bit boring. Pleased I've seen it,but would take the quicker route next time.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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94 reviews 94 reviews
45 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

The Parkway is one of the most scenic drives in the US and the most visited NP according to the US NPS. You can drive a section as long as you wish, but plan your exit point as some are miles apart. There are many overlooks, some campgrounds and a number of attractions to visit. Much of the Parkway is... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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56 reviews 56 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

My wife and Mother In Law drove up 2 days ago for the first time, it was truly beautiful and the views are beyond amazing. The photo stops along the way do slow you down, as each is a must-stop to take photo's and soak in new vistas. We took our time and delighted at almost every new corner. The... More

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