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North Carolina Road Trips and Scenic Drives

North Carolina (NC) is laced with some of the greatest scenic byways in America. The state offers a great diversity of beautiful sights and inspiring scenery to enjoy right from the seat of your car. In the west lies the spectacular Blue Ridge Parkway, one of the most famous scenic drives in the North Carolina mountains. The drive extends 469 miles through the southern Appalachian Mountains as it guides you to the stunning mountain vistas, sparkling waterfalls and a number of cultural and recreational places. Cherohala Skyway is another great drive to enjoy. It features the cultural heritage of the Cherokee tribe and abounds with great hiking sites and picnic spots. The wide range of things to do and sites to see makes North Carolina an ideal road trip destination for every kind of traveler.


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February 24, 2010
With the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Intercoastal Waterway on the other, NC 12 is the route on the Outer Banks of North...
The towns along the route are not large but have plenty of things to see and do. As you drive through the towns you'll see...
The towns along the way have plenty to offer. Plan to spend at least a couple of days exploring this stretch of land as you'll...
April 19, 2010
This route is a short but really nice 19-mile drive through the Smoky Mountains. You'll be traveling along a beautiful river gorge carved through some...
The route starts in Franklin, NC and ends in Highlands, NC. There's nothing in between except breathtaking scenery and some fun curves!
The town of Franklin, NC, calls itself the "Gem Capital of the World" because of the ruby, garnet and sapphire...
January 28, 2010
Cherohala Skyway is a world class ridge route that runs between Tellico Plains, Tennessee and Robbinsville, North Carolina. The Skyway features sky-scraping mountains, plunging gorges,...
Tellico Plains, the route's western endpoint, in East Tennessee is a great little town full of southern hospitality and filled with arts and craft shops...
All along Cherohala Skyway there are a lot of wonderful pull-off spots great for enjoying the scenery from an angle off of the road. Some...
February 21, 2010
America's number one motorcycle and sports car road, Deal's Gap (other wise known as "Tail of the Dragon" or simply "The Dragon"), is renowned as...
There are no towns along this route. You will not find any gas stations, places to eat or mini malls; just mountains and curves.
There are not many pull-outs along this route. The following attractions/amenities are available along the way: one pull off at Dragon overlook; a gas station...
March 28, 2010
This road trip takes you through the beautiful Nantahala National Forest known for its deep mountain gorges and valleys. There's a gorgeous...
There are plenty of small towns scattered between miles of curves. If you are looking for some great curves, that's just the right road trip...
Gas and restaurants are available in Waynesville, Cashiers, or Brevard. As you go east into Toxaway Falls, just before the bridge you will see a...
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