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A Drive along North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Parkway

Celebrate the Blue Ridge Parkway’s spectacular scenery and its rich Appalachian history and heritage during a guided drive along the North Carolina portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway, part of our Asheville, North Carolina bus tour. America’s favorite and most scenic drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway spans over 400 miles from Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley to the Smoky Mountains in North Carolina. Not only does 120 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway run through North Carolina’s southern Appalachian Mountains, it is where the construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway both began and ended.

North Carolina's Blue Ridge Parkway

Tour North Carolina's Blue Ridge Parkway

Colors of the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina

The Many Colors of the Blue Ridge Parkway

Cattle in the Appalachian Highlands

Cattle in the Appalachian Highlands

Pastoral Landscapes, Appalachian Highlands

Pastoral Landscapes, Appalachian Highlands

Awe-inspiring Appalachian Waterfall

Awe-inspiring Appalachian Waterfall

Stunning Scenery along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Relax and Enjoy Beautiful Mountain Scenery

Mountain Views in the Blue Ridge Parkway

Mountain Views in the Blue Ridge Parkway

Scenery along the Blue Ridge Parkway Drive in NC

Scenery along the Blue Ridge Parkway Drive

Pristine Waters and Mountain Backdrop, Blue Ridge

Pristine Waters along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Pristine Waters along the Blue Ridge Parkway Drive

Pristine Waters along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Pastoral Landscapes, Blue Ridge Parkway Drive

Pastoral Landscapes, Blue Ridge Parkway Drive

A Tunnel along the Blue Ridge Parkway in NC

A Tunnel along the Blue Ridge Parkway

North Carolina's Blue Ridge Parkway Tour North Carolina's Blue Ridge Parkway
Colors of the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina The Many Colors of the Blue Ridge Parkway
Cattle in the Appalachian Highlands Cattle in the Appalachian Highlands
Pastoral Landscapes, Appalachian Highlands Pastoral Landscapes, Appalachian Highlands
Awe-inspiring Appalachian Waterfall Awe-inspiring Appalachian Waterfall

Your Drive Along North Carolina's Blue Ridge Parkway

During your Blue Ridge Parkway trip you will experience a relaxing drive along North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Parkway that will take you through a myriad of natural, cultural and recreational places.

Culture and Heritage

Witness the Blue Ridge Parkways’ culture and heritage as you weave through its vibrant and engaging communities. From Cherokee life and agricultural history to Southern Appalachian crafts and music, North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Parkway offers many ways to explore its rich traditions. 

Nature

From stunning long range vistas, to close up views of the mountains, to pastoral landscapes, you can delight in the Appalachian Mountains’ diverse ecology during your scenic Blue Ridge Parkway Drive. Beginning at the parkway’s lowest elevation and climbing your way up, you will notice numerous transitions among a variety of forest types. Watch for oak, hickory and tulip trees at lower elevations, buckeye and ash trees as you start to climb higher and fir and spruce trees at the highest elevations of the parkway.

Wildlife

Where there is lush vegetation there is also abundant wildlife and the Blue Ridge Parkway is no exception. Interspersed throughout the different forest types are small habitats such as mountain bogs and heath bolds in which different species make their homes. Bog turtles thrive in the mountain bog, the sheltered, wet coves is the perfect place to find a slithering salamander and of course the Blue Ridge Parkway’s wildlife would not be complete without its black bears, mountain lions and eagles.

Blue Ridge Parkway Photography

With a combination of historical and natural areas, the Blue Ridge Parkway overlooks provide excellent photo opportunities. Whether you are inspired by the different habitats found throughout North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Parkway, or an eagle you see soaring through the sky, don’t forget to bring your camera, so that you can capture your favorite sights.

Stunning Scenery along the Blue Ridge Parkway Relax and Enjoy Beautiful Mountain Scenery
Mountain Views in the Blue Ridge Parkway Mountain Views in the Blue Ridge Parkway
Scenery along the Blue Ridge Parkway Drive in NC Scenery along the Blue Ridge Parkway Drive
Pristine Waters and Mountain Backdrop, Blue Ridge Pristine Waters along the Blue Ridge Parkway
Pristine Waters along the Blue Ridge Parkway Drive Pristine Waters along the Blue Ridge Parkway
Pastoral Landscapes, Blue Ridge Parkway Drive Pastoral Landscapes, Blue Ridge Parkway Drive
A Tunnel along the Blue Ridge Parkway in NC A Tunnel along the Blue Ridge Parkway