We are travelling from England in the third week of September and aim to spend a couple of days driving the Parkway. I'd be grateful for any help identifying things to see in addition to a beautiful drive. We enjoy short hikes, just admiring fantastic scenery and seeing the local area.
1. We plan to stay overnight in Asheville - other than Biltmore are there any other recommendations for the first time visitor?
2. We intend to drive to Blowing Rock the next day - any key stopping points or diversions?
3. From there we would like to do as much of the parkway as possible and end up in Charlotte in the evening. What route would you recommend to make the most of the BRP?
Thanks very much. It appears to be such a beautiful area we don't want to miss anything obvious. I appreciate that weather can be very changeable but any thoughts on what we can expect in general, just so we take sufficient clothes for the holiday.