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Where to See Fall Foliage Near Asheville

Fall is the most beautiful time of the year in Western North Carolina. Dazzling colors liven up the forests, line one of the country’s most scenic drives, surround the historic mountain towns, and provide a beautiful backdrop at any local park or restaurant patio. Known for having one of the longest and prettiest leaf peeping […]

The Top Blue Ridge Parkway Summit Hikes

The mysterious Blue Ridge Mountains of Southern Appalachia run a 550 mile course, from Georgia to Pennsylvania. Along with the Smoky Mountains National Park, the Blue Ridge Mountain region is amongst the most popular vacation destinations in the Southeast, with the Blue Ridge Parkway alone seeing over 15 million tourists per year. The highest point […]

Hiking Hotspot: Flat Rock Trail on the Blue Ridge Parkway

A hidden gem on the Blue Ridge Parkway which sees relatively little traffic due in comparison to more popular tourist attractions (Grandfather Mountain, Blowing Rock) is the Flat Rock overlook trail. This spectacular summit vista is easily accessible to pretty much everyone as the loop is just over a half mile long. While this hike […]

The Best Coffeeshops in Downtown Asheville

Explore the local flavor of downtown Asheville via one of the many independent coffeehouses. The nationally acclaimed foodie scene isn’t limited to restaurants and breweries. The ever expanding coffee lineup brings forth plenty of exciting options. There are numerous options whether you are seeking top knotch coffee, a hipster hangout, an eclectic local art scene, […]

15 Easy Hiking Trails near Asheville, NC

Asheville is located just a quick drive from endless adventures in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains. As the gateway to exploring beautiful WNC, there are hundreds of miles of hikes within close proximity. The Blue Ridge region is one of the most biodiverse in the county, with over 100 species of trees, 70 mammals, and […]

Attraction of the Week: Devil’s Courthouse on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Driving the Pisgah portion (MP 339-469) of the Blue Ridge Parkway is a must do if you are vacationing in or near Asheville. Located an easy daytrip distance from the city, the drive is a great way to explore the beauty of the Blue Ridge mountains. From waterfalls, to state parks, to dramatic overlooks, to […]

Hiking Hotspot: Black Balsam Knob

Black Balsam Knob, at 6214 feet, is the second highest peak in the Balsam Mountain range, and the 23rd highest peak in North Carolina. First on the list is Richard Balsam at 6410 feet, which also comes in as the 10th highest summit east of the Mississippi. At Milepost 431 along the beautiful Blue Ridge […]

5 Historic Covered Bridges to Check Out this Fall

At one point, there were more than 15,000 covered bridges in the US. According to the Dept. of Transportation, the first covered bridge, The Waterford, was built in Connecticut in 1804. Today, this number has dwindled down to approximately 750 (acc to the Smithsonian) with the majority located in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Hampshire, Vermont, Oregon, […]

The Ultimate Tampa Bay Beach Guide

On Florida’s Gulf Coast, you can expect year-round sunshine, soft smooth white sand beaches, and warm waters. With miles and miles of beautiful coastline, there is a beach for everyone. Whether you are looking for relaxation, a party scene, gorgeous sunsets, a place to collect seashells, ideal swimming conditions, or a lively sporty scene, there […]

6 attractions not to miss on Orlando’s International Drive

Non-theme park days are the perfect time to explore the multitude of non-Disney attractions throughout the Orlando region. While International Drive is most well known for its’ hideous traffic and congestion, there are actually a few great attractions that make the hassle well worth it. As the street is home to Universal Studios, Seaworld, many […]