The 10 Best Waterfalls on/near the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia

Waterfalls in Virginia- Upper Crabtree Falls

There are over 200 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway  in Virginia. That stretch is riddled with marvelous Blue Ridge Mountain views that leave little doubt why the BRP is the most popular of all US National Parks. Virginia’s BRP highlights include the Peaks of Otter, Mabry Mill, Groundhog Meadow, and Mill Mountain. There are … Read more

Exploring Downtown Blowing Rock NC: Restaurants, Shopping & More

Elk at Timberlakes Restaurant in Blowing Rock NC

Blowing Rock is a quintessential little North Carolina mountain town with an upscale vibe, located right in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s one of our favorite places to visit in the North Carolina High Country, and it’s located about 1 mile off of the Blue Ridge Parkway (at Milepost 291.8). The first time … Read more

How to Get to the Soco Falls Trail Near Cherokee & Maggie Valley NC

Soco Falls in Maggie Valley NC

Located on US-19, just 1.5 miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Soco Gap (Milepost 455.7), Soco Falls is an extremely popular place to visit in Summer and Autumn. In addition to being very close to the BRP, people love Soco Falls because it’s a rare (and gorgeous) twin waterfall, meaning that two streams come … Read more

Visiting the Blowing Rock Attraction in Blowing Rock NC

Bret Love at Sunset on The Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock NC is located just a couple of miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Drivers simply exit onto US-221N between Moses H. Cone Memorial Park and Julian Price Memorial Park. The Blowing Rock, the namesake of the town, is located at the edge of town a couple of miles south of that. This unique … Read more

The 20 Best Blue Ridge Parkway Overlooks in North Carolina

Fall blue ridge parkway - Motorcycle on Blue-Ridge Parkway NC Linn Cove Viaduct Fall

The state of North Carolina is home to over half of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s 469 total miles, and the mountain overlooks in NC are by far the most high-flying along the route. In our experience, many of the best views on the Blue Ridge Parkway are found along the ridges of the Craggy Mountains, … Read more

The Linn Cove Viaduct Trail, Visitor Center & History (BRP MP 304.4)


The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the premier scenic drives in the USA, and also the most visited national park in the country. Created by Franklin D Roosevelt to connect Shenandoah National Park in Virginia with Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina, construction of the BRP began in the 1930s. By the mid-1960s, most … Read more

Why You Need to Visit the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center (MP 384)

Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center in Asheville NC

Whether you’re taking your very first Blue Ridge Parkway road trip or– like us– you’ve explored the scenic route multiple times, a visit to the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center is a must! Located near Downtown Asheville, just 2.4 miles south of the Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center, the Visitor Center is essentially … Read more

The 20 Best Blue Ridge Parkway Overlooks in Virginia

20-minute Cliff Blue Ridge Parkway Overview VA

There’s a wealth of beautiful things to see while driving the Blue Ridge Parkway. But the 200+ scenic mountain overlooks found along the way are the main attractions for most road trippers. That being said, stopping at all (or even most) of these overlooks while driving the 469-mile scenic route can be overwhelming. We know, … Read more

A Detailed History of the Blue Ridge Parkway

Grandfather Mountain with RV as seen from Blue Ridge Parkway in NC

The 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway is widely regarded as “America’s favorite drive,” with over 16 million annual visitors making it the most popular unit of the U.S. National Park Service.  But in order to fully appreciate why the world-renowned scenic route remains so beloved today, more than 90 years after the concept was created, it’s … Read more

The 20 Best Blue Ridge Parkway Restaurants in VA & NC

Peaks of Otter Lodge Bar Restaurant Blue Ridge Parkway VA

When we think of America’s most beloved scenic route, most people envision jaw-dropping Blue Ridge Parkway overlooks, amazing waterfalls, and/or the colorful foliage along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Fall. Commerce and other signs of “civilization” rarely enter our idyllic picture of the BRP, which is America’s #1 most visited National Park. There are actually only … Read more