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Discover Asheville, The Blue Ridge Mountains And The Great Smoky Mountain

by on Sep.29, 2010, under Travel

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Asheville is the ideal base from where to explore on your holiday to the Carolinas. Drive just a couple of miles outside of town and get into America’s best gift to motoring – the spectacular Blue Ridge Parkway. Experience mile after mile of a few of the most dramatic views in the United States. Stunning scenery unfolds in diverse panoramas while you travel along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Outstanding mountain scenery and a nice climate are the Parkway’s main appeals. Its eternal popularity makes it a ‘must see’. The Parkway traverses the highlands of Virginia and North Carolina at the average elevation of 3,000 feet and stretches from Shenandoah, Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina. Azaleas, rhododendrons and mountain laurel flower in spring. Autumn bursts brilliantly with reds of sumac, gum and maples with sassafras, tulip trees and hickory adding their bright yellows to nature’s canvas. Rhododendrons are ablaze on the Parkway when it is spring time in the mountains.

Get to the top of a mountain close to Asheville in around 30 seconds! That’s the time it takes to ride the 26-storey lift built inside 500 million year old Chimney Rock. But that is just the start. You will come across the best of what the mountains have to offer in one incredible place: a breathtaking 75-mile view, trails to a 404-foot waterfall, native wildlife, rare plants and unique rock formations that or else would require days to discover.

Blitmore House is America’s largest private residence. It continues in its 2nd century with all the grace and elegance it has enjoyed ever since its grand opening in 1895. This regal French Chateau, tucked in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville is a National Historic Landmark. Blitmore House has 250 rooms, four acres of interior floor space, and is filled with the enormous collection of art and furnishings of its original owner, George Vanderbilt. The beauty of this grand home extends out of doors to its gardens and managed woodland. In all of the Blitmore Estate entails 8,000 acres of land!

Blitmore Village is one of the Carolina’s most interesting, unique and pleasurable shopping areas. Tree-lined streets… brick side walks… open air dining… all combined with incredible collections of one-of-a-kind merchandise. Village shops are housed in the actual homes constructed in the early 1900s.

The very best way to see The Great Smoky Mountain is to take The Great Smoky Mountain Railway. This brings you through river gorges, fertile valleys, and tunnels cut out of mountains. A choice of trips consist of: The Tuckasegee river trip, a 3 hour journey which passes the wreck site of the movie ‘The Fugitive’ and travels through Cowee Tunnel, hand dug by convicts and the Nantahala Gorge trip which passes across Fontana Lake to the Nantahala Gorge white-water rafting area.

Overall, there is lots to discover on your holiday to the Carolinas!

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