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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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Where to stay in Asheville

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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  • My wife and I drove part of this Parkway in 1983 when we honeymooned in the Blue Ridge Mountains during my Navy days in Virginia. We haven't been back till now and it was just as beautiful this time a...  more »
  • Beautiful drive but drive carefully. Many areas to stop and enjoy the view and take incredable pictures. Pack a nice lunch and make a day of it!  more »
  • This was way more than I was expecting. My friend and I took this tongue Cradel of the Forestry. It was amazingly beautiful. There are plenty of places to stop and hike as well as multiple spots to pu...  more »
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  • National treasure, just wish it was more bike friendly. How about sone park sponsored bike events that are closed to traffic? Bike Lanes?
  • Its beautiful.... what a treasure. So glad it runs so close to my home
  • 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.