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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.
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Stunning views from almost every parking place and regardless of time of day, mist or shine, the place and drive is simply awesome. A must do for every car and nature enthusiast that's in the area

Thank HoriaBogdan
Reviewed 2 days ago

I can't remember exactly the year and it's been a minute. magnificent drive along the east coast, beautiful parkway, hiking opportunities, met park rangers etc.

Thank Claire T
Reviewed 3 days ago

We left West Virginia and traveled US23/26 to Asheville and took the leg from Asheville to near Cherokee. This is an absolutely amazing ride (motorcycles). The climb to over 6000 feet through the clouds and tunnels, and seeing vistas like this made this one of...More

Thank medic511
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Beautiful Views and lots of great hiking and places to visit but we were in the Spruce Pine, NC area as Hurricane Florence hit the coast. They closed the parkway 2 days before the rain started in the area. Ruined our weekend. After talking to...More

Thank Cindy Karnoupak... K
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

What a nice day for a beautiful drive through the mountains of North Carolina. We stopped at the Visitor's Center and watched the very informative film. As we traveled the 80 miles from Asheville to Cherokee, we were awe- struck by the beauty of the...More

Thank CathyP1953
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is free to drive the Blue Ridge Parkway and there are many interesting stops along the long drive between several Eastern States...Pay attention to the speed limit and keep your eyes open for people on motorcycles and bikes...Everyone enjoys the beauty along this drive...

Thank Sherry2012Charlotte
Reviewed 1 week ago

The scenery is breathtaking some of the most beautiful views i have ever seen. The colours are unbelievable if you ever get a chance go you wont be disappointed.

Thank Brenda R
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent one day on the Parkway driving and stopping at many of the places to pullover. This beautiful piece of the south is not to be missed...with views around every twist and turn! You cannot take a bad photograph because every vista is gorgeous!...More

Thank Sharon J
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband's family is from the mountains of North Carolina and I have had the pleasure of visiting the Blue Ridge Parkway on several occasions. The views from the overlooks are stunning. The lush greens are breathtaking. We did the 1.6 mile hike to the...More

Thank niseydo
Reviewed 1 week ago

I would recommend three days total to best enjoy the Parkway: two days in NC and one day in VA. Plan on driving 7 hours each day. The VA drive is much easier (flatter, straighter) and has some excellent scenery, but the NC portion is...More

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John H
My wife and I will be driving the Blue Ridge Parkway in the middle of October to celebrate our 25th anniversary. We will have four full days on the Parkway starting in Asheville and heading north to Virginia, Since this is a popular time of the year to drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, I'm not sure what to do about lodging. Do we need to make hotel reservations ahead of time, or will we be able to find places to stay in towns near the Parkway whenever we decide to stop? I'm concerned about making reservations and then find out that we could have gone further. But I don't want to be without a place to stay either. We will be on the Parkway during midweek, not the weekend (Monday-Thursday). Starting in Asheville and allowing for the usual stops at overlooks and lots of picture taking, plus walking around Blowing Rock and Boone, how far can we go on the first day? I appreciate the help and advice. We are very excited to take this trip. We've been wanting to do it for years.
September 14, 2018|
Response from alphawolfie | Reviewed this property |
Make all of your reservations for hotels as soon as possible, this will be a peak time for viewing fall colors and you may not be able to find a room. Midweek is a better time to see anything in the USA as weekends are when... More
August 17, 2018|
Response from Blue Ridge Park... A | Property representative |
Happy Anniversary! Yes, both our website and our app include this info. The app is a free service and is called Blue Ridge Pkwy Travel Planner for iPhone (Blue Ridge Parkway Travel Planner on Android). On the website, you'll... More