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Things to do in Blue Ridge Mountains

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Natural Feature
“2hour drive - Amazing easy, super accessible views for children and handicapped alike. Hiking trails will also lead you up to this pinnacle view. Entry fee and specific hours of operation, so call ahead and plan accordingly. ”
  • 123 locals recommend
National Park
“The Park offers so much to see and do. You can take a ride, have a picnic or hike. Turk's Mountain is one of our favorite hikes. Not too long but offers a nice view as reward.”
  • 106 locals recommend
Trail
“For those who love being outside. You don’t have to drive far to get here. Our own urban wilderness with tons of trails and incredible hikes ”
  • 88 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Its a very beautiful, intriguing, inspiring museum, I love the Met in NYC and the Louve in Paris. The art museum in Cincinnati is ranked one of the best in the midwest, you will enjoy the gorgeous architecture and exhibits.”
  • 70 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“One of the most well-known restaurants in Pigeon Forge, The Old Mill is an excellent choice to sit down and relax for a "home-cooked meal." We like to go here for lunch to avoid crowds and then walk through the shops afterward. Don't forget to get a picture in front of the mill while you're there!”
  • 78 locals recommend
Park
“Mount Mitchell State Park One of those places that stand apart from the ordinary, Mount Mitchell’s dramatic summit is the highest point east of the Mississippi at 6,684 feet and was inspiration for one of the nation’s first state parks. From its easily accessible observation deck, the spruce-fir forest of Mount Mitchell State Park leads the eye to unmatched views. A museum explains the mountain’s cultural and natural history, and its trail network allows visitors to explore up close, offering short hikes near the summit and challenging treks leading to adjacent wilderness areas. A nine-site tent campground is open in warm-weather months, and backpacking opportunities abound, including entry onto the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail. A concession area and a full-service restaurant serve visitors from May to October.”
  • 124 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Great place for the family to enjoy. An excellent hands on interactive museum for kids and family to enjoy. The museum has regularly rotating exhibits. ”
  • 76 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“LaZoom tours are a must!! Such a fun way the explore Asheville. If you have the little ones in tow, try the Kid Comedy Tour!! So much fun for the whole family. You can even pack snacks and small cooler filled with beverages for the kids AND the adults! ;)”
  • 168 locals recommend
Aquarium
“Go see them swim! You can walk up the RiverWalk to the Aquarium so it make is a really nice adventure.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Bakery
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“This hip, 24/7 French bakery & cafe draws a crowd for pastries, light fare & coffee drinks. ”
  • 97 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“I debated whether to put this in the Fun for Everyone or Fun for Adults Only category, but then I remembered that we took our kid to see Charlie and The Chocolate Factory here, and we all had fun. So, this gets filed here. DPAC is the region’s premier spot for Broadway productions, large concerts from well-known artists, impossibly expensive Hamilton performances, etc. If you’re not already here for a DPAC visit, check the schedule and see if there’s anything you’re into.”
  • 83 locals recommend
Beer Bar
“Fun place to catch a Cincinnati Reds game. The Reds are the first professional baseball team and also have a cool museum on site. ”
  • 59 locals recommend
History Museum
“Beautiful historic building (old train station) that houses three distinct museums: Childrens' Museum, Natural History Museum, and the Cincinnati History Museum. Fun galore with kids at the Children's Museum. The cave inside the Natural History Museum is fun to explore. And awesome IMAX films are shown here as well. If you have a museum membership to another museum, check to see if you have reciprocity with this museum. ”
  • 66 locals recommend
Shopping Plaza
“This is a unique area in Pigeon Forge where you can watch the water fountain light show, walk around the shops, eat at various restaurants, ride the Ferris wheel, etc. You will park in the large lot and ride the trolley or walk over the bridge to get to all the action. ”
  • 71 locals recommend
Bar
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“Cuisine for the sophisticated palate. Menu changes frequently. Delightful. Small space, need reservation. $$$”
  • 168 locals recommend
Park
“Local park with a bar and dog park. Lots going on here depending on the day!”
  • 76 locals recommend