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Blue Ridge Parkway

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Address: Asheville, NC
Phone Number: +1 828-271-4779
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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This 469-mile scenic drive links Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains...

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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We traveled the Blue Ridge Parkway to Mount Mitchell. I greatly enjoyed the magnificent views and the visitor centers along the way. We stopped at the Folk Art Center and it was... read more

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

...the road and spend time on a trail. The BRP is remarkable. Travel is not only calculated in miles but in elevation and climate zones. A five-mile drive on some sections will take you from the climate, flora and fauna of sub-tropical regions to the climate of northern Quebec. The characteristic of the northern (Virginia) section, the middle (VA border... More 

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Olney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We traveled the Blue Ridge Parkway to Mount Mitchell. I greatly enjoyed the magnificent views and the visitor centers along the way. We stopped at the Folk Art Center and it was well worth the stop. All the pieces of art were beautiful. It's nice to have the visitor centers along the way as we were traveling with my mother... More 

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Chapel hill, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is such a spectacular drive. The mountains with their blue overlapping outlines are just mesmerizing. Stopped at the Craggy Gardens area for a small hike and it was perfect for young children.

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Cary, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We decided to take the BRP from Asheville to Linville Falls. It was a much better drive than the typical interstate trek. No billboards or other distractions, just the natural Smoky Mountain beauty. Visitor centers are positioned at convenient intervals so that you can stop, rest and absorb more info on the area. If you are willing and able to... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Must admit I only travel the Blue Ridge Parkway when I have visitors. I was in a vehicle that was absolutely quiet as we went around gentle curves and pull off the road to view magnificent vistas. I always forget how I miss the joy of the Blue Ridge Parkway, right in my own backyard.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A must on your to do list when in the area!! My friends and I drove through it and stopped at various locations to soak in the view! It's beautiful!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Amazing views are plentiful and lots of places to take pictures and/or take a little hike. Skinny Dip Falls with a nice waterfall, jumping rock, and swimming hole is definitely a worthwhile stop, something for everyone and not too crowded.

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Durham, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Blue Ridge is beautiful from one end to the other during the entire year. It's most popular in October when the leaves begin to change colors. You can take a relaxing drive through and try to catch a beautiful sunset. Lots of places to stop and view the scenery, picnic or hike.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Adding this to my list of US favorites - Point Reyes, C&O Canal, Cape Cod National Seashore, New Orleans French Quarter. Most remarkable is the Folk Art Center.

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Kissimmee, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP) is a gem threading the southern Appalachian mountain range for several hundred miles. There are numerous high mountain vistas of the beautiful mountains in this ancient chain, culminating at 6786 feet at Mount Mitchell in Western North Carolina. The park is scenic, rustic, undeveloped (virtually no commercial development, except for the occasional roadside lodge). Yet,... More 

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