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Looking Glass Falls

I am not sure how many times we have been to Looking Glass Falls but it is quite a few. Mostly because it is so easy to access.  Situated right next to the road you don't even need to walk to view it. But, climb done the stairs for an even better view.

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Have You Been to the Blowing Rock?

Did you know there is actually a blowing rock in the town of Blowing Rock, North Carolina? The attraction was opened in 1933. They say if you cast small objects off of it on a windy day they will get blown right back to you. It has to do with the way the wind is channeled through the bluffs around it.  It wasn't windy enough for us to try on the day of our visit but we still enjoyed the views from the walkways and observation platform.

Grandfather Mountain Road Trip

Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina is a magical place. It can be beautiful and terrifying all at the same time. Grandfather Mountain is probably most famous for its "Mile High Suspension Bridge".  If you are scared of heights it can be most intimidating to cross the swaying bridge.  On our trip the winds, 30 mph gusting to 45, were making the bridge sing! We giggled so hard as we tried just to stand up straight.

A Trip to Graveyard Fields and Lower Falls

We had some time to kill so we drove the Blue Ridge Parkway to visit Graveyard Fields and the Lower Falls.  Contrary to the name there is no graveyard here. The area was named after the area was clear-cut for logging and all the tree stumps resembled tombstones. Gaining access to the Lower Falls is easy as long as you don't mind stairs. The trail is mostly paved with a good number of well maintained stairs and a short bridge.  The area is very beautiful and worth a stop.

Shelby's City Park Carrousel - Road Trip

We often drive down the "Business" designations of  routes to see where roads used to go before bypassing towns.  Our road trip down U.S. Route 74 (BUS) in Shelby, North Carolina led us to discovering the carrousel at Shelby's City Park.

Biltmore Blooms

Springtime is a wonderful time of the year to visit Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. From March through May Biltmore holds what they call "Biltmore Blooms".  It is a variety of blooming flowers and special events to welcome in Spring. The estate's grounds crew changes out the flowers of the Walled Garden constantly so there is always something new to see. The perennials of the walking gardens also have various blooms throughout the season. If you live within a couple of hours of Biltmore, a season pass is the best way to enjoy the blooms. That way you can comeback multiple times and save a bundle off the regular admission price. Living less than an hour away, we visit just about every other weekend in Spring. Here are just a few of our favorite photos from this year's Biltmore Blooms.
















Road Trip to Mount Mitchell

Just a short drive off the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Burnsville, North Carolina, stands Mount Mitchell. Mount Mitchell, at 6,684 ft in altitude, is the highest peak east of the Mississippi River. Walking to the observation deck from the parking lot on the paved trail is a bit strenuous, if you are out of shape, but just remember it is downhill on the way back. The views from the summit can be spectacular on a clear day. Elisha Mitchell, credited with first measuring the height of the summit, is entombed here. We were a bit early on our latest stop here as the gift shop and restaurant are only open between May and October. We still enjoyed our trip.