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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 […]

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 […]

The Most Scenic Blue Ridge Parkway Overlooks near Asheville

Asheville is an exciting base to plan your Blue Ridge Parkway adventures. First off, there are several Parkway entrances located throughout the city. Second, there is an abundance of scenic hikes, waterfalls, and states parks within an easy drive of the city. Some of the most incredible Parkway attractions (Linville Falls, Mt. Mitchell) lie in […]

The Most Scenic Views near Asheville

Asheville, most popular for being a foodie and artist’s haven, is nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains. The Blue Ridge Parkway, along with hundreds of waterfalls and hiking trails, lie just outside the city limits. The true appeal of the city is its’ proximity to so many natural wonders. Below are the most scenic […]