These 10 Beautiful Byways In North Carolina Are Perfect For A Scenic Drive

Hop in the car, drive anywhere in North Carolina, and you’re sure to be impressed with the passing scenery. Some roads are just better than others, though, and some roads are tailor-made for a beyond-scenic drive. Luckily, our gorgeous state has more than 60 scenic byways for making the most of your view – but these are our picks for the 10 best scenic drives in North Carolina that you should take ASAP.

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Best Scenic Drives in North Carolina

September 04, 2021

What are some beautiful North Carolina byways to drive? 

Considering that there are more than 60 scenic byways in North Carolina to explore, the options are plentiful! Some of our favorite scenic drives here include breathtaking gems like the Blue Ridge Parkway, which extends through both North Carolina and Virginia, and the Cherohala Skyway extends through North Carolina and Tennessee. The Forest Heritage National Scenic Byway is another wonderful scenic drive, and we cannot recommend experiencing these enough. Each scenic drive in this state is splendid, and you’ve got to truly experience them all at least once. For more of our favorite North Carolina byways, visit this article.  

Where are the most beautiful places in North Carolina? 

Luckily for those who love beautiful places (and honestly, who doesn’t?), North Carolina is full of them! Some of our favorite places include gems like Lake Lure, which is easily the most beautiful small town – and lake – in the state. The water is sparkling blue and reflects the perfect North Carolina sky, and we couldn’t dream of a more perfect place to take in the beauty of this region. Our state parks – of which there are 41 – are each perfectly beautiful in their own ways and well worth a visit. There are also 10 National Parks, so be sure to make time to see those, too! If you’re ever in Charlotte, we really love Freedom Park, so be sure to visit! It’s perfect for those who prefer their beautiful places to be within city limits!  

Where can I find some nice scenic overlooks in North Carolina? 

If you’ve never been to Chimney Rock State Park, you should bump it to the top of your to-do list. The views offered by this incredible place are second to none; you’ll take in incredible sights of Lake Lure and Hickory Nut Gorge, and it’s amazing year-round, too! The views at Great Smoky Mountains National Park are also absolutely incredible and well-worth a visit (or ten). Finally, you can’t miss the views over the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are breathtaking, especially upon one’s first visit.