The mountains are calling and I must go! There is just something so refreshing about that cool mountain area. Asheville, North Carolina has been on my travel bucket list for quite some time and my husband and I finally had a chance to visit this fall. One of the main reasons I wanted to go was to explore the Blue Ridge Parkway. This massive road weaves 469 miles through Virginia and North Carolina with countless hikes, overlooks and amazing views the whole way. The parkway is also unique in that big trucks aren't allowed to drive it and the speed limit is 45 mph which allows you to really slow down and take in all the beauty around you.
Let's be honest, 469 miles is a lot of ground to cover and unless you're planning a multi-day drive, you'll likely only get to experience a small slice of it. We had only two full days in Asheville so we knew we wanted to get the most bang for our buck while still staying relatively close to the city. Below are the three stops we made (and highly recommend) along the parkway as well as one bonus stop in the Pisgah National Forest on our way back to Asheville.
While there are so many other places to explore along the Blue Ridge Parkway, I felt like we were able to see so much beauty in a short amount of time and really maximize on our time spent driving since all four of these stops are located relatively close to one another. I cannot say enough good things about this drive and my husband and I have already talked about wanting to go back and experience more of it north of Asheville and into Virginia. If you've driven it before I'd love to hear your favorite stops in the comments!
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