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Closest leaf looking to Raleigh

We will be in Raleigh for a family reunion October 30 - 31st. We'd like to spend a couple days afterwards in the mountains to enjoy the Fall leaf colors. Where would be the closest spot to Raleigh and yet far enough to get a taste of the mountains? We've been to the Ashville area, so are looking for a new destination.

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1. Re: Closest leaf looking to Raleigh

Try Blowing Rock, a cute little town just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. http://www.blowingrock.com/index.php

Based on this forecaster website, visitnc.com/journeys/articles/fall-color-l-f…

you'll be there right around the peak for fall colors. Hotel rates, of course will be high. If you can't find anything in Blowing Rock, then try Boone, just up Hwy. 321 from Blowing Rock; doesn't quite have all the charm of Blowing Rock, but there are lots of chain hotels there. http://visitboonenc.com/ Nice little mountain college town. I wouldn't wait to make reservations, either place. Both towns have nice shops, good places to eat and are close to the best "leave looking" drives around. http://www.autumntrips.com/drives.htm

The drive from Raleigh to Blowing Rock is a little over 3 hours. Boone is 10-15 minutes from Blowing Rock.

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2. Re: Closest leaf looking to Raleigh

That would be "leaf looking"!

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3. Re: Closest leaf looking to Raleigh

I'd take 40 to Winston-Salem and then 52 north to the Blue Ridge Parkway area near Fancy Gap, VA. Both 52 and the Parkway are scenic drives.You could hop on 58 east take one of several routes back down to I-40.

Alternately - an easy drive up 501 to South Boston, VA and get on 58 west - drive to Martinsville, VA and take 220 south to Greensboro and hit 40 again back to Raleigh. Those elevations should still have color then.

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4. Re: Closest leaf looking to Raleigh

You can pick up the BRP in Fancy Gap, Va. which is less than 3 hours from Raleigh, but I would recommend Blowing Rock which is a fairly eaasy 3:15 and there is a lot more to do there. One concern is that because of the higher elevation, leaves peak a little sooner, usually around the middle of October.

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5. Re: Closest leaf looking to Raleigh

Going that late in October most of the color will be over in northern Nc/southern Va. I would go to the Lake Lure/Hendersonvill area of North Carolina. Should still be plenty of color in that area.

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6. Re: Closest leaf looking to Raleigh

Ironically enough, the end of October and beginning of November is about when Raleigh itself reaches almost "peak" for fall colors. Much of the mountains, especially upper elevations, will be past.

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