8 Scenic Drives in North Carolina for Families

North Carolina is home to many scenic routes for families who enjoy road-tripping


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From stunning mountain peaks along the Blue Ridge Parkway to gorgeous coastal landscapes — plus rolling hills in between — North Carolina is home to many scenic routes for families who enjoy road-tripping. It’s the perfect way to explore state parks, discover waterfalls, climb up lighthouses, and take in the Tar Heel state’s natural beauty and breathtaking views. Here are eight scenic road trips for when the urge to take a driving adventure strikes your family.

Linn Cove Viaduct

Photo courtesy of VisitNC.com/Chip Henderson


Blue Ridge Parkway

Length: 252 miles in North Carolina
Region: Mountains

Enjoy stunning views and ample opportunities for hiking and camping along the Blue Ridge Parkway, which spans 252 miles in North Carolina from the Virginia state line near Cumberland Knob to 2 miles south of Cherokee at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Don’t miss Doughton Park at milepost 238.5, which covers 7,000 acres and is considered the parkway’s largest recreation area. You’ll find picturesque Linn Cove Viaduct beginning at milepost 304.6. This 1,243-foot concrete bridge and architectural marvel twists and turns around Grandfather Mountain. The Parkway also leads to Linville Falls at milepost 316.3, while N.C. 128 at milepost 355.4 takes you to Mount Mitchell State Park, the highest peak in the eastern U.S. Additional points of interest include Moses Cone Memorial Park at milepost 294, Craggy Gardens at milepost 364, Chimney Rock State Park at milepost 385 and Biltmore Estate near milepost 388.8.

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