Asheville is surrounded by natural beauty. One nice trip is a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, which offers many turnouts and outstanding views. One of the best is the view from the grounds of the Pisgah Inn. The Forest Service bought the land in 1914 and the present inn was built in 1964, surrounded by Pisgah National Forest. At 5000 feet the porch there offers a great view of the surrounding mountains.