Blueridge Parkway, North Carolina Mountains

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. See Blueridge Parkway and all Asheville has to offer by arranging your trip with our Asheville trip maker app .
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  • The Park is very large and it takes time to visit the beautiful street you can admire an ever-changing panorama, RV Parks, trails and well-organized frequent indications. Proceed calmly and enjoy the scenery is a must.
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  • Breathtaking scenery and lookouts. Dog friendly hiking. The visitor center is very nice (although dogs are not allowed in the visitor center).  more »
  • What a great drive. Did three separate road trips on three different days from Asheville. Breath taking views. Would highly recommend for the entire family. Even in December with no leaves it was wort...  more »
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  • Gorgeous any time of the year! The scenery is always breathtaking and awesome. It is my absolute favorite place to be. Praise God for such beautiful mountains!
  • Beautiful views! Well-maintained trails. Can't wait to go back in the Spring.
  • Great drive. Sections of it can be closed. Be sure to check online for road conditions and/or closures before commencing your trip.
  • A very beautiful place and went through 5tunnels
  • Always awesome ! Beware though of black ice at elevation in shady spots.

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To take advantage of the best Asheville has to offer without breaking the bank, stay at one of the city's small motels, many of which offer free breakfast buffets and plenty of secure parking. Asheville's historical district contains most of the city's bed and breakfasts, allowing you to stay within a short walk of downtown shopping, dining, and entertainment. The area also boasts numerous budget-friendly hostels, offering inexpensive private rooms for backpackers. For something completely different, rent an eco-friendly cabin in a wooded area just a short drive from the city.
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