Blue Ridge Vacation
Your guide to Blue Ridge travel with kids
The Blue Ridge Mountains, so named for the bluish color they have when viewed from a distance, are part of the Appalachian mountain range and extend from Pennsylvania all the way down to Georgia. The Blue Ridge Parkway, a scenic trail spanning 469 miles of the Blue Ridge Mountains between Virginia and North Carolina, would be an excellent addition to any family road trip and even stands alone as a Blue Ridge vacation destination.
Popular Blue Ridge Family Travel Destinations
If you expect Blue Ridge travel with kids to go smoothly, you'll need to plan some fun stops along the way, and make sure to follow our family road trip advice to help the kids, and you, from going crazy. Beautiful scenery won't likely be enough to keep them entertained.
Some family-friendly Blue Ridge destinations to consider include:
- KidSenses Children's Interactive Museum (North Carolina)
- Great Smoky Mountains Railroad (North Carolina)
- Shenandoah State Park (Virginia)
- Grandfather Mountain (North Carolina)
- Linville Caverns (North Carolina)
- Dinosaur Land (Virginia)
- Pigeon Forge (Tennessee)
- The Natural Bridge (Virginia)
- Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies (Tennessee)
You'll also find lots of great hiking trails and scenic lookouts along the way, so you can pretty much pull over anywhere and have it be a "destination".
Where to Stay on Your Blue Ridge Family Vacation
If you have an RV or camping gear, you'll find plenty of great spots to camp along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Blue Ridge Mountains are also home to many resorts and bed and breakfasts for somewhat more luxurious getaways. If you're looking for something in between luxury and roughing it, check out one of the many ranches providing accommodation.
Of course, there are also hotels, motels, and lodges along the way, and there are even more options if you're willing to take a slight detour into nearby cities and towns.
If you're going to stay in one place for more than a few days, consider a cottage, cabin, or other Blue Ridge vacation rental. It'll give you more space than a hotel room, and it'll feel more like a home away from home. You can also cook your own meals, which will save you money and likely be a nice change from the typical road food fare.