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My June roadtrip plan - suggestions welcome!
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North Carolina 28761, USA
Pisgah Forest is magical anytime of year. In summer, many locals will swim near this waterfall and at Sliding Glass Rock just a few miles away.
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Asheville, NC, NC, USA
Autumn is the best time of year to visit the many overlooks of the Blue Ridge Parkway as it passes through Asheville, NC area. This is only one view from the parkway to a valley below. Bring your coat and camera as temperature drops as altitude...
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Craggy Gardens, Ivy, NC 28778, USA
Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway. This shot was taken at Craggy Gardens above Asheville, NC. The short hike is under a mile and the views are worth a lot more effort than you will have to put out.
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Chimney Rock, NC, USA
After a rigorous walk on the rails coupled with countless, grueling steps.... Cool down at the Hickory Nut Falls. Make sure to bring extra clothes because the temptation to stand at the bottom of the waterfall as the refreshing water cascades over...
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6 Riverside Dr, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
Asheville is a city known for its creative energy. A great area to explore the local art scene is the River Arts District (known as RAD). In the past few years, hundreds of artists have set up shop in the renovated industrial warehouse galleries...
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13 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

Felix Meana and Katie Button, veterans of elBulli in Spain, converted Asheville’s former downtown bus depot into a stylish tapas bar. Curate means to cure oneself, which diners can do with traditional Spanish dishes such as Catalan sausage...

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95 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
There's music almost every night of the week at the Jack of the Wood, the atmospheric Celtic pub in the centre of Asheville. And arguably the best of the bunch is the Thursday night jam, when some of Appalachia's best bluegrass musicians take to...
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Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC, USA
There's so much good live music in Asheville that the bars can't contain it - I've never been somewhere with such a high quality of street busking (even better than its homophonous sister town, Nashville). Most nights of the week and certainly on...
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75 Gashes Creek Rd, Asheville, NC 28805, USA
This photo is of Buzz, a resident at the WNC Nature Center. The nature center is perfect for an afternoon outing. Enjoy the attractive grounds and bring your camera. You can learn about the wildlife that are native to this part of the state. This...
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1 Page Ave, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
Visit Grove Arcade and step back to a different time. Originally built as part of a larger building that never came to pass, Grove Arcade offers unique gifts made in the mountains of Western North Carolina and Eastern TN. The arcade is a mix of...
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12 College St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
On a recent visit to Asheville, North Carolina, I was anxious to try some of the great restaurants I'd heard about. In the end though, my husband and I found ourselves gravitating back to the same restaurant over and over again - breakfast, lunch,...
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757 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806, USA
The cinnamon buns are legendary, made with the same local organic flour the bakery uses in its pizza dough. The breads, such as spinach-feta and flax-almond, change daily, with vegan and gluten-free varieties on offer. Grilled cheese sandwiches...
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Biltmore Estate Dr, North Carolina 28803, USA

A self-guided tour of the Vanderbilt family’s 8,000-acre estate in Asheville, North Carolina, takes you through gardens bursting with roses and azaleas, and past pools filled with koi and pineapple-scented water lilies. The centerpiece is...

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100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806, USA
The North Carolina Arboretum is located in Asheville, NC and offers some scenic strolls through gardens and wooded trails. The bonsai exhibit garden takes an unexpected twist on the traditional Japanese art form by interpreting it with a Southern...
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Five Points, Asheville, NC, USA
If you want to understand Asheville, toss aside the guidebooks, ignore the tourist hotspots, and instead wander through any of the city's hidden little alleyways. There, in bright splashes of spray and adaptive reuses of old furniture and musical...
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Sam Knob, Cecil, NC 28716, USA
This is the best camping spot I've found so far. A little more than a mile into the hike from the parking lot, the tree and shrub lined trail opens up into a grassy bald with amazing mountain views all around. We stopped here for the night because...
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Brevard, NC, NC, USA
Looking for adventure between the eats and treats of Asheville, NC? Want to really 'experience' a waterfall? After a moderate hike through Cold Mountain Gap lays Greenland Creek falls approximately 45 minutes southwest of Brevard, NC - the site of...
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Newfound Gap, Tennessee 37738, USA
No clouds and sunshine frame the scene near Clingmon's Dome
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Newfound Gap, Tennessee 37738, USA
Driving through the Great Smoky Mountains between North Carolina and Tennessee is a tease for the outdoors-lover who enjoys experiencing the land by foot. Lucky for you, the Appalachian Trail intersects US Hwy 441/71 at Newfound Gap where you can...
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United States
A new adventure. An 1800 mile trip from Phoenix to Knoxville, the Smokies were calling us. Living and breathing for camping, hiking, and exploring, we finally made it to the gateway of the Smoky Mountains. A little drive through the backroads...
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903 Parkway #128, Gatlinburg, TN 37738, USA
Said the sign that led us down the alleyway, through the market to the Moonshine Distillery. Following the crowd, we entered the whiskey store and shuffled up to the counter where we discovered the staff offering up free samples from at least...
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Laurel Falls, Tennessee 37862, USA
Laurel Falls is one of the most popular attractions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The easily accessible, paved trail is a 1.3 mile trek up Cove Mountain that culminates in a spectacular view of the 80-foot, multi-level waterfall. At the...
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Cades Cove, Tennessee 37882, USA
The Smoky Mountains stands as the most visited national park in the U.S. with the Grand Canyon following close behind. With so many outdoor activities like tubing, kayaking, camping, hiking, backpacking, sightseeing, and biking, it's difficult to...
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Topton, NC 28781, USA
I'm still amazed when I discover that it doesn't take a plane ride to experience an adventure. The place I've called home for the last decade sits in the shadows of the Smokey Mountains. A unique merging of lakes and mountains blending three...
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2912 Cosby Hwy, Cosby, TN 37722, USA
One of many "WTF" moments I had while down South. The locals sent us here. Described on their menu as a "Mexican American/Bluegrass" restaurant, the Front Door served some of the best food I've had and featured a ridiculously awesome 4-man string...
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3757 Thomas Ln, Sevierville, TN 37876, USA
Foxfire Mountain is not a premier hiking destination, but when my eight-year-old daughter expressed an interest in hiking, I laced up my hiking boots and we headed to Sevierville, TN. The hiking trail at Foxfire Mountain takes less than an hour to...
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2819 Andersonville Hwy, Clinton, TN 37716, USA
I'd gone purely for the music. Each autumn the Museum of Appalachia hopes the three-day Tennessee Fall Homecoming, a festival that showcases bluegrass and old-time - and mountain crafts. After tasting a little donkey-milled sorghum (sweet, odd...
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3725 Maryville Pike, Knoxville, TN 37920, USA
Sweet P’s Barbecue & Soul House, named after the owner’s daughter, is located on the shore of the Little River. Inside, Sweet P’s resembles the typical southern barbecue joint. There are innumerable pieces of memorabilia attached to the walls, the...
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101 S Central St, Knoxville, TN 37902, USA
One of the greatest ways to spend your Friday or Saturday evening is to go where the locals go. Boyd's Jig and Reel, where the Irish meet the Scottish in this lively, vivacious musical pub. Live music every weekend, from traditional Irish and...
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411 S Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902, USA
We were just walking up the road, really. We'd been to the tourist information centre, to get our bearings in Knoxville, and we were looking for dinner. Barely two minutes into our walk, we noticed a couple of guys moving sound equipment into a...