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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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new jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We started in Roanoke and we did, at first stop at every overlook. There are probably hundreds of them. We started reading the booklet and understanding that we didn't want to walk miles for some views - a half mile was okay sometimes, but we aren't hikers. It was very interesting to see rhododendrons in their natural habitat - not... More

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Chanhassen, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

We drove from Asheville to Sevierville via Blue Ridge Parkway, turning a 2 hour drive into 5 hours, but it was beautiful. Stopped at many overlooks; if you have a convertible or can rent or borrow one (like we did), I think it really makes the trip. Just do not underestimate the amount of time it will take and be... More

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NC
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Was nervous about driving in the mountains for the first time, particularly on the parkway. It was an incredibly easy drive getting onto the parkway and navigating it. The scenery was breathtaking and worth the time it took to get there.

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Michigan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

We started in Cherokee 4 days later ended up in Floyd. Gorgeous scenery, many wonderful pictures taken. We had hoped to drive the entire route, but ran out of time. Found too many things to do on the way. Biltmore, Navitat, Floyd music festival. We amazed that we could be in the clouds and misty at one point. 5 minutes... More

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Asheville, NC
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280 reviews 280 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

This 469-mile highway is so well known it almost doesn't need a review other than to reassure people that the quality of this National Park hasn't changed over the years. It's just as impressive a place now as it was when it first started opening decades ago. We live within sight of one of the overlooks, so we visit the... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Take the time to travel on the parkway even if only for a short while. There are frequent overlooks and the views are awe inspiring

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

The Parkway takes you to amazing places, the mountains are just spetacular! Also, there is a lot of very nice hiking trails, including the Mt. Pisgah trail, which is intermediate level but the view is worth it!!!!

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

We were surprised to know the Parkway was 400 + miles long. We did it from Asheville to Visitors center just past Craggy Gardens. The road is well maintained....it's part of the Nat'l park system. You can capture some views on your camera at the pull-offs.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

This is among the most scenic biways in the country. It makes you appreciate not only the nature but the vision our country had so many years ago to undertake such an asset. Miles can be traveled with minimal traffic, shocking beauty, no commercial signage, panoramic vistas, old growth forests and wildlife.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

I found driving in and around Asheville beautiful. All the highways are surrounded by nature. The blue ridge parkway is special. It took me a whole to find it as it doesn't show up the right way on google maps, but once I did I drove for an hour. Looking ahead looked like a postcard on each and every mile.

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