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“A national treasure.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway
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Ranked #1 of 183 things to do in Asheville
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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
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“A national treasure.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2012

The country did a great thing when they did this Parkway. The views and outstanding around Asheville NC. The trails are great for everyone.

Visited March 2012
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“Lovey drive”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2012

Beautiful drive with excellent views.Worth the trip.

Visited March 2012
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“Beautiful drive through mountains through N Carolina two lane road”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2012

We started at Asheville after visiting the Information center. They have a wonderful film that shows how this Parkway was built. The mountains were fantastic. We went to Mt. Mitchell, the highest mountain this side of the Mississippi. Overlooks give you time to take pictures and enjoy the view. No stop signs, no traffic lights, no commercial vehicles or commercial signs. Official season starts in April but it was neat to see the mountains and the earth under the trees that the leaves had not come out yet. You never see that.
Hiking trails. Great for motorcycles. Even seen some bicycles!

Visited March 2012
1 Thank TriptakerOhio
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Tampa, Florida
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“Scenic Drive”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2012

This is one of the most scenic drives in America, I have done the drive at least 7 times in all seasons except winter! It is fabulous in October and the folk art museum is a must see.

Visited December 2011
1 Thank Victoria j
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Waynesboro, Virginia
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“Traversing the Blue Ridge Parkway”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2012

Living in Va. we are at the get on/ get off point for the Blue Ridge Parkway depending on if you are coming from the North or South. We decided to make this trek in Oct. when fall foliage makes the journey all the more magnificient. The trek is 469 miles from Va. to N.C.
You can do whatever length of the parkway as it would be at least 4 days to go the entire way.
Sites along the way worthy of stopping in North Carolina are Blowing Rock, a quaint village nestled in a mountain vista that is complete with shops, resturants and lots to do.
Moses H Cone mansion is a must do as well. Crabtree Falls and Grandfather Mt. as well.
In Va. Mabry Mills, Humpback and many hiking trails along the way.
The best thing is to check online places of interest along the Blue Ridge and make your itinerary according to your interests. It is a wonderful , relaxing drive and would make a very romantic weekend trip.
We drove in our convertible which brought the experience to another level. The weather was beautiful with temps in the 50's and some low 60's. Expect climatal changes and you may experience much colder weather. It is generally 10 degrees colder in the mountain range than in the valley or lower altitude.
Be aware of deers and other wildlife. At any moment a deer can run in front of your vehicle so you must drive the speed limit and be alert.
I would dress casually with good footwear as you have many opportunities along the way for hikes. Some of the hikes are strenuous but many are easy and will take your breath away. It is a good idea to bring a cooler for snack and beverages as there are not many
places on the Blue Ridge to get food, drink and gas. You will have to get off and go into the many towns along the way. Make sure you have plenty of gas to get you where you need to go.
Caution: Some areas of the Blue Ridge have no guard rails. And the drop offs can be thousands of ft. Be aware of your surroundings and wildlife along the drive. Alot of deer are in the woods and will jump right in front of you so you must be alert at all times. Many areas are woods on both sides of the road and some areas are large rolling fields. You will see all terraines, wildlife, flowers and the beauty of the fall colors will take your breath away.
In North Carolina they have a little village called Little Switzerland which is quaint and has a shop of aniquities and antiques that is just lovely.
In order to get the best experience plan where you want to stop and explore. Plan your hikes if that is what you want to do. Check weather as well. Although rare you can have snow in Oct as we did this yr. 2012 in Va. Bring appropriate clothes for what you are planning to do . Carry beverages and snacks. You will have intermittent cell phone coverage along the way. Most area's you can get a signal but some area's you will not have any at all usually this will be where there are trees on both sides of the road. Have plenty of gas but most of all have fun. Enjoy this beautiful country in all its glory.

Visited October 2011
19 Thank Linda505
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