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“We drove the whole way! Fantastic!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway
Asheville, NC
828-298-0398
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Ranked #1 of 177 things to do in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Driving
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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.
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Fresno, California
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“We drove the whole way! Fantastic!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

We started in Shenandoah National Park and ended in Smoky Mountain National Park and drove the entire Blue Ridge Parkway in between! We had a wonderful trip. Our vacation was the first week of June and we had some great flower displays. We saw Catawba Rhododendron, Flame Azaleas and Mountain Laurels, mostly in the lower elevations. But the higher elevations compensated for fewer flowering shrubs with stunning views! There were meadow flowers everywhere. The driving was easy and traffic almost nonexistent. The weather was mild temperatures with off and on rain with a couple of downpours. It never seemed to get in the way of what we wanted to do.

I wasn't sure how many days to plan for and finally settled on 1 day each in the National Parks and 3 days on the Parkway. This worked really well for us but if you plan to do a lot of hiking or sightseeing along the way, you should plan to add a day and drive fewer miles each day. We stayed in a B&B in Woolwine (The Mountain Rose - really nice) our first night on the Parkway, Little Switzerland (The Switzerland Inn - super nice) the second night, and Maggie Valley (motel) the third night. We spent a good portion of each day in the car, but still felt that we were able to stop for plenty of Visitor Centers and overlooks and a few short hikes. Some of the Visitor Centers were closed because of the sequester but the exhibits were still open. The best Visitor Centers were Mabry Mill, the Blue Ridge Music Center, the Folk Art Center and the Parkway Headquarters in Asheville. Roanoke and Blowing Rock were good stops for coffee and a quick look around town. We spent a day in Charlottesville VA (to visit Monticello) a morning in Cherokee NC (to see the Cherokee Living History Museum) and a whole day in Asheville (to see Biltmore) to finish off the trip.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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“Love love love”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013 via mobile

If you are in the area don't miss it. Don't expect your GPS to work and bring a map and some good bluegrass music!

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Davenport, Iowa
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“Beautiful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

Beautiful scenic drive, with lots of hiking trails to offer! We loved the easy access and the scenic views the Parkway had to offer

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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“An American Classic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

This road takes for ever to get nowhere but you will never forget the journey. My mom used to tell its not the destination but the journey getting there. Well that is the Blue Ridge Parkway. We visit Mt. Mitchell State Park and Craggy Gardens along the Parkway. It was a rainy day but you could tell it was a beautiful road.

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“Blue Ridge”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

pretty, great overlooks, good roads, clean - too bad 1/3 of facilitites are closed due to sequestration

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