I may have to check out the view from the top of Chimney Rock, too.
Tourist trap and eat up with unfriendly police. 20 years ago ok, not so much now. It is pretty, but...
For my own part I'd consider staying on the BRP all the way to the end (Cherokee, NC), then run up to Clingman's Dome in Smoky Mtn Nat'l Park. It's free, quite a few visitors but not commercial. The view is better imho.
One view of the 360 degrees available
Asheville... Yeah the commie pinkos are trying to take over, but for your purposes there are several brew pubs available to make it through one visit. Biltmore House is expensive. Before I retar'd I had a job for several years hauling tractor trailer loads of garbage from Asheville to the dump down here. Saw a car with an aging (i should talk) hippie br er woman in it, the old Audi was held together with bumper stickers. I passed and noticed one that said 'Hate Is Not A Family Value'. She passed back and I saw one that said 'The Road To Hell Is Paved With Republicans'. No hate there