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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.

Aquarium
“Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg, TN, is literally teeming with life - over 10,000 exotic sea creatures in 350 individual species. There are more fish in this aquarium than there are people living in the entire town of Gatlinburg!”
50 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Weekend farmers market May-October is lively and bustling with a mix of tourists, locals, buskers, street food, and more. Surrounded by good restaurants and interesting shops. ”
100 locals recommend
Trail
“Lots of nature trails to walk along. Meads Quarry is across the street for swimming. ”
84 locals recommend
Museum
“The NASCAR Hall of Fame, located in Charlotte, North Carolina, honors drivers who have shown exceptional skill at NASCAR driving, all-time great crew chiefs and owners, broadcasters and other major contributors to competition within the sanctioning bod”
74 locals recommend
Hotel
“Grove Park Inn hosts the national Gingerbread completion that is on Good Morning America Thanksgiving to New Years. The views are awesome and it boasts a world class Spa. Great fine dining at the Grove Park. This Inn has hosted many famous people and presidents sine the late 1800s. The views are incredible.”
172 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“Dolly usually has beautiful flowers at the park. Dollywood has rides for all ages and live shows that are very good. Different times of the year, they have local and international guests to share their talents with visitors.”
66 locals recommend
Rock Club
“Large music venue, you might want to check ahead and see if there’s show you might want tickets to!”
147 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Downtown Raleigh. Amazing museum. Free admission. 15-20 minute drive, or can get bus from Cary train station to downtown Raleigh. ”
76 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“Great concerts and shows. Often great last minute deals at the box office to be had!”
74 locals recommend
Racetrack
“Horse racing, betting, people watching, eating, tailgating, drinking, meeting people....”
104 locals recommend
Outdoor Event Space
“A must see, even if you don't drink beer. The food is outstanding, they have bands upstairs and in the back (check the seasonal calendar), the organic garden is really great and the tour is very interesting. ”
187 locals recommend
Park
“This is the highest elevation east of the Mississippi River. You can drive almost to the top and take a quick walk to the overlook or if you are feeling up to the challenge you can park at the restaurant and take the yellow trail to the top. WARNING – this trail, while only 2 miles is very strenuous and you should give yourself plenty of time to get to the top and back down. Check the weather before you go, the area can run 10-15 degrees cooler than Asheville.”
114 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Cincinnati's premier art museum. Free, with small fee for special exhibits.”
66 locals recommend
National Park
“The best view in VIRGINIA PERIOD. It is beautiful to say the least they have everything hiking, camping, cabins, fishing etc”
95 locals recommend
Spanish Restaurant
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“One of the best Tapa’s style restaurants in WNC! We recommend making reservations a month or more in advance if possible.”
176 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Great food, busy restaurant has mill you can buy flour and corn meal there too”
66 locals recommend