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Blueridge Parkway, North Carolina Mountains

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One of the country's longest scenic drives, Blueridge Parkway runs for 755 km (469 mi), cutting its way through two states and 29 counties. Constructed in the 1930s to connect two major national parks, the road runs mostly along the Blue Ridge, a mountain chain of the Appalachian Mountains. Most visitors choose to travel this road in the spring when the surrounding landscape blooms with native wildflowers. You can also pick a less crowded time of year, like autumn, when you can photograph the changing colors of the forest. Stop at any one of a dozen visitor centers scattered along the road to take a short rest, re-energize with a cup of coffee, or get a free map. Put Blueridge Parkway on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Asheville vacation route planner.
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  • On a sunny day if you want to enjoy some great hikes and scenic views, I love to go the Blue Ridge Parkway between Waynesville and Sylva and drive to Cherokee  more »
  • There are so many great views and trails. It is the most spectacular road, with the most spectacular vistas every time of the year. Although at spots it's winding road, it is a very, very relaxing dri...  more »
  • Have driven several sections of the BRP now and still haven't covered the entire route. This time we went from Blowing Rock to Little Switzerland and saw the most incredible views yet, including the L...  more »
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  • The blue ridge parkway, every year has at least 2 people drive off the cliff, problem there is too many people don't practice safe driving, including driving too fast, not paying attention, texting, playing music, DUI, yet the 300 yard (900ft) trip is most dangerous that doesn't influence idiots, I recommend Looking Glass Falls, it's great to dip into if the water is cold or warm. Yet I've been hiking here and I like it, I know it's a mountain biking Mecca, I love driving always I love it, I joined SCCA, and the highlands car club.
  • Wonderful views all around but watch for cyclists! Park at an overlook and hop on the MST for a nice hike.
  • A peaceful, scenic drive with many trailheads.
  • ”Chasing angels or fleeing demons, go to the mountains.”
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