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Blue Ridge Parkway

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This 469-mile scenic drive links Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, while protecting the cultural and natural features of the Blue Ridge.
  • Excellent84%
  • Very good12%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“beautiful drive” (465 reviews)
“speed limit” (236 reviews)
“fall colors” (188 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Reviewed 2 days ago

While there are scores of reviews on this amazing parkway, I was searching for the "best" view points.. Well if you want best views here is my recommendation.. Start anywhere and end anywhere you like! Yes - The whole Parkway is amazing, start anywhere you...More

Thank Love2ReviewThis
Reviewed 5 days ago

The parkway is an excellent drive and the beauty is unequal to anywhere I have visited. Usually closed during winter because of the weather. But worth a day trip.

Thank Clinical R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Has a little extra time on our drive to Ohio and decided to take a slight detour to check this out. Unfortunately we missed the height of the fall colors by maybe 2 or 3 weeks but still enjoyed the ride very much. Constant winding...More

Thank Justmy2centavos
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We drove most of the parkway starting at the North end on Oct. 26, 2017. We wanted to see the fall colors, and the color was good. We went as far as Mount Airy the first day and from there to Asheville on Oct. 27....More

Thank AL_Pete
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Even though fall colors were past their peak, we wanted to go to Mt Mitchell. The road there was windy, so be aware to allow plenty of time and for possible motion sickness. Once we got there, it was well worth the drive. There's a...More

Thank Nancychef1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We drove the 18 mile part of the Parkway which begins just outside of Cherokee, NC in early November. The fall colors were amazing. We had hardly any traffic on a Friday morning. We enjoyed stopping at several beautiful lookouts and we enjoyed the tunnels...More

Thank bigthicket
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The parkway is just abeautifl road to travel even if you don't have a specific place to go. It's a wonderful exciting mountain road that can take your breath away.

Thank Ben S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Found a great campground off the Parkway near Asheville NC. Powhatan campground . Leaves were all colors. There was a small amount of ice and snow on the side of the road.

Thank clumzee
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The wife and I took the family for a week vacation up to the Blue Ridge Parkway and stayed via a timeshare property. We went for awesome walks and drives through the mountains. We really want to come back during the fall when the foliage...More

Thank cypherljk
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We’ve been on the Parkway before when we have visited Asheville. This year we specifically went for the foliage. We travel up to Blowing Rock and couldn’t find and leaves changing. After talking with our hotel, they recommended driving on the Parkway. We went just...More

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Sue D
Hello T. A. 's . My husband and I will be arriving in Asheville on March 30 2018 with hotel reservations for 3 nights, but could add more. We have reservations for the Biktmore for 9am Sat. March 31. We have Sunday ( Easter) open to explore Asheville will things be open on Easter? We want to explore Blue Ridge Parkway, trying to decide if we should do both the SW and the NE drive from Asheville, We would like to do some short hikes, Are the visitor centers open that first week of April, and what is typically the weather like during that time? Looking at staying in Blowing Rock or Boone one night then head east not sure where yet (we are visiting a cousin in Pinehurst for a day) . We fly out of Charlotte Monday April .9 so we have time to explore some hidden gems in NC, any recommendations are appreciated. Love history, local foods ( possibly a food tour) and short hikes ( less than 5 miles round trip). We have been to the coast so most likely won't go this time. Thank you for your help
December 6, 2017|
Response from Justmy2centavos | Reviewed this property |
Visited Biltmore estates years ago in December and it should take up most of a day if you include the wineries and gardens as we did. Pretty sure given the terrain and the numerous places to park to soak in the scenery the... More
December 2, 2017|
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Response from SewManyDolls | Reviewed this property |
I've been here only once, in October, and was lucky to catch some of the color. But I hear it's beautiful year round, maybe treacherous during snow, though!
Lawrence C
November 9, 2017|
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Response from janer915 | Reviewed this property |
this time of year the kids are all going back to school you should not have any trouble finding a place along your journeys! sounds like fun! hope you have a fantastic time!