Type: Great Views, Sightseeing
It's not a destination – it's an experience. Considered "America's most scenic drive," the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway meanders through changing vistas of natural beauty, touching on stellar mountain views, hiking trails, and picnic campground sites. Seasonal changes along the parkway are dramatic, so return visits are a good idea if you want to see the entire panorama. Locally, key stopping points include the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center, the North Carolina Arboretum and Pisgah Inn, where you'll enjoy epic views as far as the eye can see. The parkway intersects Asheville at US 25, 70, 74 and NC 191, and closes seasonally. Be aware that many sections of the Parkway close in winter months because of snow and ice.
US 25 and Henderson Rd
Asheville, NC 28801
Map / Directions
Best Attractions & Activities: "The Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center, which is located about 8 miles east of downtown Asheville, features an easy but picturesque 1.2 mile loop trail families love."
Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: This beautiful scenic drive is the area's claim to fame and a must on anyone's visit itinerary.