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Best things to do in Blue Ridge Mountains

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Museum
“Tickets are expensive and you will need a reservation, but you have to go at least once. The greenhouse is amazing.”
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Park
“This is a longer drive (around an hour) but a longer hike. We recommend the “3-mile waterfall hike”, it is a moderate hike that takes to you three different waterfalls. You can stop for lunch or dinner in Hendersonville.”
208local recommendations
Park
“Great place for a walk and sightseeing. There are also several restaurants and bars around the area.”
105local recommendations
Garden
“Thomas Jefferson’s undeniable contributions to America’s founding are in abundance here. Also evident are the honest and striking admissions about slavery as an institution of the era, and the recognition of the enslaved community’s true effort in creating our country.”
203local recommendations
Art Museum
“You'll have to drive to get there, but it's worth spending a day. Beautiful park and grounds. ”
146local recommendations
National Park
“One of our nations most beautiful parks with spectacular views, hiking trails and water falls ”
142local recommendations
Rafting
“The U.S. National Whitewater Center is the world's premier outdoor facility featuring whitewater rafting, biking, zip lines, canoeing, kayaking, rappelling, rock climbing, live music, craft brews & more. Check their activity price on its website. ”
147local recommendations
Cave
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“One of the best in the Valley. Includes a stalactite organ. Also has a maze on site.”
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Intersection
“Access the parkway from many different entry points. There are hiking trails off the road and many scenic overlooks.”
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Hotel
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“During the day you can enjoy the eateries and at night you can enjoy the uptown night life ”
131local recommendations
National Park
“Make a day of it - start with a full tank of gas, and enjoy driving, hiking, and the great ice cream cones at the cades cove campground store!”
77local recommendations
Zoo
“Less than 30 minutes to the Zoo! Nationally known for reproductive abilities and saving species!”
65local recommendations
Breakfast Spot
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“World's best bacon (seriously you have to try it), amazing breakfast with local ingredients served all day long, coffee or a brunch cocktail while you wait for a table (bloody mary with bacon anyone??), and amazing service. ”
232local recommendations
Park
“You can drive up OR get in some exercise walking up this gorgeous waterfall”
74local recommendations
Outlet Mall
“Located in Sevierville and drive time varies based on traffic. Lots of stores and pretty good pricing usually....”
75local recommendations
Football Stadium
“Home of the Carolina Panthers located in Uptown Charlotte is about 20 min by car or you can take a Lyft/Uber to the nearest light rail station which heads straight into Uptown. ”
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