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“Peak Season” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway
Asheville, NC
828-298-0398
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Ranked #1 of 83 attractions in Asheville
Type: Scenic Drives, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, National Parks
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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Orlando, Florida
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“Peak Season”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

If you can schedule a trip through the parkway during Peak Season it is well worth it. One of Mother Nature's many splendors, this time of year is beautiful site to behold. The trees look as if someone painted them in deep colors or red, gold, orange, and yellow. As the leaves fall and the trees prepare for their winter slumber, the moutains feel the most alive at this time of year! With just a bit of nip to the night air, the days are cool and comfortable, and the climate is superb. Bring your friends, family, or your someone special. There is something for everyone in Asheville!

Visited October 2013
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arizona
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“Sublime route with interesting stops”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

We took a segment of the Parkway in western NC that was absolutely gorgeous, very little traffic, many places to stop to hike or admire a view, which we did. We will go back, to do more hiking, and to see it in different seasons. The pace is sedate and reminds me of the days when people went on motor tours or long drives to relax and enjoy some scenery. The Mountain sh were in full fruit, deep red, spectacular! Gorgeous wildflowers, birds, sublime.

Visited September 2013
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Dover
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“APPALACHIAN SCENIC HIGHWAY”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

It took from 1935 to 1987 build the Blue Ridge Parkway in its present state. It connects the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Shenandoah National Park.

The scenic, unspoiled beauty is breathtaking. I found the section around Asheville largely section undeveloped---no telephone poles and no wires. I really enjoyed the drive.

I visited the National Park Service's Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center & Blue Ridge National Heritage Area HQ at Milepost 384 which is the newest attraction on the Parkway. This is where the National Parks Passport Cancellation Station for the North Carolina section of the Blue Ridge Parkway is located. There are three stamps here:
Blue Ridge Parkway ---- NC - VA
Blue Ridge Parkway ---- Visitor Center
Blue Ridge Parkway Heritage Area ---- Asheville, NC
There is a fourth stamp available at the NPS affiliate site, the Folk Art Center at Milepost 382.

There was still plenty of colorful foliage in mid-November when I visited.

Visited November 2013
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Rapid City, South Dakota
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“Rode more than 200 miles of this iconic road and loved EVERY one!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Joined this road after completing the scenic Skyline Drive on my way down to Asheville, NC. The road is beautiful and a lovely slow, drive if you want it to be. Services were plentiful even though some were closed for the season. The foliage was the best we saw on the east coast this year. Cannot wait to return.

Visited October 2013
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Montreal, Canada
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“Breathtaking Views.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

We traveled many kilometers on this parkway from North to South. Breathtaking views! It was foggy during the last part (from Asheville, NC to Cherokee, TN). We had to be very careful but it was a Sunday morning and no traffic so that helped..
We then crossed the Smokey Mountains National Park to our other destination.
Beautiful journey.

Visited November 2013
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