Scenic Drives and Byways

icon-scenicNational Scenic Byways Program

The National Scenic Byways Program recognizes highways that are outstanding examples of our nation’s beauty, history, culture, and recreational experience by designating them as All-American Roads and National Scenic Byways. These designations provide a compass for people from all over the world to explore America’s treasured open roads.

National Scenic Byways Online provides travelers with current, detailed information about byways throughout the United States. Sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), this site promotes the America’s Byways.

America has some incredible natural scenery, charming small towns, bizarre attractions and historic monuments –  not to mention its people – so get off the interstate and really explore the country. Go scenic or go home!

icon-theresanapp-tnMy personal favorite scenic drive is the Blue Ridge Parkway which stretches through the Southern Appalachians of Virginia and North Carolina. Not only is the scenery breathtaking, but there are charming stops along the way. But let me warn you… don’t expect to find gas stations or fast food along the route. Make sure you have a full tank of gas and snacks and water to get you through the day. And even though your route may not seem that long on a map, remember these curvy mountain roads don’t allow for high speeds and you definitely won’t be traveling in a straight line. There is something to be said of a country mile. Don’t know this idiom… look it up before you touch the gas pedal. However, once off the Parkway, you can find plenty of quaint small towns, shopping, accommodations, and even gem mining.

Places to Visit:

Asheville, NC
Asheville is the central city of western North Carolina where visitors will find many points of interest, as well as the Blue Ridge Parkway Headquarters.

Biltmore Estate, NC
At its completion, Biltmore House was one of the most innovative and technologically advanced homes in the world.

So what is your favorite scenic drive?