The 20 Best Scenic Drives and Road Trips in America
“(My wife) Kate and I now spend our summers in western North Carolina in an area covered in lush greenery, an abundance of waterfalls, tunnels and scenic views, but most of all great roads. for the automobile. When we greet guests, our favorite loop starts in Brevard, NC (approximately 30 miles west of the Asheville, NC airport) and has three sections as follows:
First section (highway 276): Starts (or ends) at Wild hawg barbecue in Brevard, NC and head north on Hwy 276. You will climb about 4,000 feet in the first 20 miles until you reach Blue Ridge Parkway. Points of interest in the first section include: Glass falls, slippery rock and The birthplace of Biltmore forestry, the first forestry school in America.
Second section (Blue Ridge Parkway): Enter the Parkway and continue south approximately 15 miles to locate State Rd. 215. (At this point, if you’re interested in an ice cream break, I recommend a little detour turning north to the Pisgah Inn about 5 miles down the road.) Here you walk through the backbone of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the views are magnificent. There are many inviting excursions or viewing spots along this section, including skinny falls at kilometer post 417.
Third section (State Rd. 215): Exit the Parkway on State Rd 215 heading south toward Rosman. This section is all downhill with more bends, bends, streams and waterfalls. For a little scientific start you will find Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute just south of Balsam Grove.
When you reach Hwy 64, turn left to return to your starting point in Brevard about 10 miles down the road. The estimated journey time is approximately 2.5 hours. Our favorite time of year is the end of October, but it’s a route you can enjoy all year round. ”