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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 3 days ago

The scenery is amazing. And Virginia is a State that I love. I stay with friends in Fredericksburg while I’m in the USA. They explained how great the drive was and how the view would amaze me (which it did) for hours. The only thing...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Royal45RL
Reviewed 5 days ago

We love driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway with all of the scenic views and overlooks. There are also tunnels, waterfalls, plenty of opportunities to go hiking, and other attractions along the way.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank amandas_house
Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed a beautiful day's drive from Fancy Gap to Asheville. Clear to see why this range is known as the Blue Ridge as the morning haze paints all in blue. These 200 miles took us all day (8 hours) to drive because we stopped to...More

Date of experience: June 2019
1  Thank rgkuhl
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have never enjoyed the Blue Ridge Parkway as much as I did on our ultra-relaxed July 5th drive along the high stretch from Spruce Pine to Asheville, passing Mount Mitchell and Craggy Garden. It can be a really exasperating drive if you have any...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Phillip W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We got on the parkway at Cherokee. It was rainy and misty which kept some of the view obfuscated but it still was one of the prettiest drives I’ve ever seen. There are multiple overlooks and I could have stopped at every one. The mountains...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank cindyannsmith
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have traveled the Blue Ridge Parkway several times through the years. It never ceases to amaze me. The beauty of the area is awe inspiring. I recommend that you take it slow and enjoy the surrounding scenery. There are a lot of good places...More

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank diannek
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent. We went slow - 30-40mph, we stopped a lot! Drivers of all vehicles were cordial. Stayed in Lake Junaluska the night before, and headed to Asheville via BRP. We did the Looking glass mountain stop - across the street is the Skinny dip falls,...More

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank ExplorerSVD
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An easy drive and before too long you find that you're 6,000 feet above sea level. Regular viewpoints enable you to appreciate the fabulous views. On the second day the rain and mist closed in so the views disappeared but we'd already seen plenty.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank trevor m
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Must for anyone that loves a great views. One of the best rides in the USA I will do this again and a again

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Wilderling
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I love the blue ridge parkway very easy to get to from 23/74 where I usually stay. I was able to take it all the way back from sliding rock and you never know what you're going to find at the overlook. I normally drive...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Jan H
June 15, 2019|
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Response from angooredcow | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I am late in responding. I just saw your question. I was not aware of any repaving. The National Park Service personnel are very conscientious and good at their jobs. They will do everything to ensure your... More
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eran r
May 21, 2019|
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Response from Terry S | Reviewed this property |
Sadly - half a day is not great on the Southern End of the BRP. You can take the BRP from outside of Assheville down to past Balsam Mtn and exit onto Hwy 74 - which cuts off a good part of the BRP - areas like Waterrock... More
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Teamscoop
May 9, 2019|
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Response from Terry S | Reviewed this property |
Approximate 50 miles. Time is relative to how many stops you make along the way - because there are so many. Most of the overlooks are short stops - 5-10 minutes to shoot some great photo's and just breathe in the... More
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