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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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Scenic highway

Drove this picturesque highway on our way back from Florida, with a detour to the Inn on the Biltmore Estate. Such a relief from the boredom of the other roads we travelled. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Worcester, Massachusetts
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Worcester, Massachusetts
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75 reviews 75 reviews
22 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Drove this picturesque highway on our way back from Florida, with a detour to the Inn on the Biltmore Estate. Such a relief from the boredom of the other roads we travelled. The mountains were gorgeous despite the fog and the curves were fun and kept me awake!

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Hattiesburg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

We were a little early in some areas for leaves colors. The drive is nice if you don't mind the slow speed! The scenery is over the top. At least do some!

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Pikeville, Kentucky
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38 reviews 38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Loved driving the Blue Ridge Parkway. We took our time and stopped at some of the scenic stops and loved every moment.

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Chicago, Illinois
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120 reviews 120 reviews
18 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

The BRP is an old time divided parkway that takes you through the mountains in a very serine way. About four miles from Asheville, the Handicrafts center has a wide selection of local artists' work. Wood, textile, glass, ceramic, jewelry, etc.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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24 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

We took a short drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway from Asheville to Arden, but it was very relaxing to see the views. There are plenty of possible hiking trails and places to stop and take pictures along the way. I have been down the BRP plenty of times, however, this was my girlfriend's first time witnessing the parkway's beauty.... More 

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Ames, Iowa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

There are close to 3000 reviews of BRP, with nearly 80% 5 stars and none 1 or 2 stars, when I write this. So, there is no need for me to add to the accolades here. Instead, the readers may benefit from a few tips, if you visit this area in winter. First, it is often closed to vehicular traffic,... More 

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Volcano, California
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282 reviews 282 reviews
43 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Having driven a part of the Parkway in '06, we were looking forward to seeing more of it on this visit East. It is closed for road maintenance!!! Check with the NPS (http://www.nps.gov/blri/index.htm) before you plan a drive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

This section of the parkway is incredible, from the beginning at the foot of the Smokies to Boone, NC, running through Asheville. This can be done in a day, but I took several days in order to fully appreciate it. While the drive is worth it alone, there are some incredible hiking trails and places to stop along the way.... More 

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Asheville, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Do opt for the BRP whenever the opportunity presents. There are turn arounds and many exits, so you do not have commit your entire day to it. But, use when you can, as it is a great way to slow down, 45 mph, and see the beauty of the Appalachian Mtns.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We visited in October, when the leaves were at peak color. It was lovely and definitely worth seeing.

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