Southeast Appalachian Road Trips
Drive Trips of the Southeast Appalachian
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Blue Ridge Parkway - North Carolina
3 legs - 303.8 miles: 8 hours, 52 min
If any drive merited the overused term “scenic,” it’s the Blue...
5 legs - 497.8 miles: 10 hours, 58 min
A trip through the Great Smoky Mountains and the cities straddling the sinuous T...
Outer Banks to Virginia Beach
3 legs - 253.6 miles: 10 hours, 3 min
This ramble up North Carolina’s barrier islands is for lovers of lighthous...
Natchez Trace Parkway
3 legs - 494.6 miles: 10 hours, 7 min
An old Native American footpath turned bucolic, 444-mile scenic drive linking Na...
4 legs - 378.3 miles: 9 hours, 3 min
Ideally, you’ll take several days to enjoy the personality and hospitality of those living in the unique communities of the Lowcountry of the Carolinas. Maybe it’s the pungent smell from salty marshes that casts a spell, or a sugary buzz from the lemon-filled sweet tea, but there’s an undeniable draw that makes you want to linger on porches after twilight.
Grand Ole Music
5 legs - 1141.3 miles: 19 hours, 27 min
This road trip covers four states and more than 1,000 miles. There’s a mus...
African American History
4 legs - 388.1 miles: 8 hours, 21 min
From the flashpoint of the Civil War (Charleston) to a pivotal site of the Civil...
Mountains of Georgia and North Carolina
3 legs - 457.8 miles: 9 hours, 18 min
With Atlanta’s skyscrapers in your rearview mirror, head for the hills of ...
Inland North Carolina
4 legs - 409.3 miles: 9 hours, 19 min
You’ll experience some of the most beautiful scenery in the Southeastern U...
Civil Rights Trail
3 legs - 472.7 miles: 8 hours, 7 min
Atlanta, Birmingham and Montgomery reflect the African-American experience spanning from segregation under Jim Crow to the push for equality under the 1964 Civil Rights Act. A trip during February, traditionally Black History Month, allows for more events. However, the struggle’s evocative at any time, especially with churches, parks and museums bringing the era to life.
Cumberland Gap Scenic Parkway
1 leg - 50.4 miles: 0 hours, 57 min
You’ll ascend steep mountain passes along Cumberland Gap Parkway as you tr...
Great Smoky Mountains Scenic Expressway
1 leg - 86.5 miles: 1 hours, 34 min
The drive from Clyde to Murphy provides gorgeous scenery along the mostly four-l...
Tail of the Dragon Scenic Highway
1 leg - 21.5 miles: 0 hours, 35 min
Pay close attention to your speed as you tackle this scenic section of US 129/SR...
Paris Pike Scenic Highway
1 leg - 7.3 miles: 0 hours, 8 min
There’s a reason that Kentucky is called “The Bluegrass State,”...
Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway
1 leg - 33.0 miles: 0 hours, 42 min
Deer, coyote, owls and hawks are among the many families of wildlife making their homes along this Kentucky section of The Trace. At sunrise and sunset the animals are particularly active, so careful driving is a must. At the National Recreation Area, take a quick detour on the 3.5-mile loop through the Elk & Bison Prairie. The nearby Golden Pond Planetarium houses a visitor center.
Drovers Road Scenic Highway
1 leg - 47.0 miles: 1 hours, 35 min
Slow down and enjoy the views on this twisting drive through the mountains—...
Cherohala Scenic Skyway
1 leg - 23.1 miles: 0 hours, 33 min
From Tellico Plains, TN, take a short detour off the byway (east via SR 165) and...
Falling Waters Scenic Byway
1 leg - 15.0 miles: 0 hours, 22 min
Walls of dense hardwood trees shading a gently curving road define SR 107. Turno...
Pigeon River Scenic Highway
1 leg - 27.2 miles: 0 hours, 28 min
Clyde is the starting point for this drive through North Carolina's Pisgah Natio...
Red River Gorge Scenic Byway
1 leg - 13.1 miles: 0 hours, 29 min
This byway following Kentucky's SR 715 offers numerous natural amenities, such as scenic waters and overlooks. Meander through the wooded wonderland by car, or step out for a hike to a natural rock formation, such as the 75-foot Sky Bridge.
Bert T Combs Mountain Scenic Parkway
1 leg - 29.0 miles: 0 hours, 25 min
This 29-mile portion of the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway connects to towns, in...
Richard Russell Scenic Highway
1 leg - 17.6 miles: 0 hours, 29 min
During the winding journey through the thick Chattahoochee National Forest, see ...
Martha Layne Collins Bluegrass Scenic Parkway
1 leg - 20.4 miles: 0 hours, 17 min
The Martha Layne Collins Bluegrass Scenic Parkway connects visitors not only wit...
Watauga Lake Scenic Highway
1 leg - 35.7 miles: 0 hours, 51 min
Open, rolling hills characterize US 321 near Johnson City and Elizabethton. Head...
Forest Heritage Scenic Byway
1 leg - 22.5 miles: 0 hours, 38 min
Get comfortable with sharp curves along North Carolina's Forest Heritage Scenic Byway (US 276) as it snakes through forests that were once part of Vanderbilt’s Biltmore Estate. Drive north for the best view of Looking Glass Falls, and plan a pit stop at one of the many picnic areas along the route. You’ll pass under the Blue Ridge Parkway at Wagon Road Gap.
Barren River Lake Scenic Drive
1 leg - 21.0 miles: 0 hours, 25 min
This section of US 31E meanders nearly 18 miles over rolling, forested hills and...
Cades Cove Loop Scenic Road
1 leg - 10.5 miles: 0 hours, 40 min
Black cherry, black walnut and poplar trees frame the meadowlands along the Cade...
Cumberland Plateau Scenic Route 111
1 leg - 74.4 miles: 1 hours, 33 min
SR 111 ascends Walden Ridge on the east edge of the Cumberland Plateau, crosses ...
Ironworks Scenic Road
1 leg - 18.9 miles: 0 hours, 31 min
Ironworks Scenic Road (SR 1973/Ironworks Road) offers a beautiful journey into t...
James H. Quillen Scenic Parkway
1 leg - 15.4 miles: 0 hours, 14 min
The James H Quillen Scenic Parkway (I-26) takes you through bustling Johnson City and past rolling hills on the way to Kingsport. Indulge in some of the amenities of the tri-cities region if you have time, or simply enjoy the serenity of the countryside along this byway.
Kentucky's Scenic River Road
1 leg - 5.1 miles: 0 hours, 7 min
Kentucky's Scenic River Road—known as River Road—follows the Ohio Ri...
Kentucky's Scenic Route 70
1 leg - 24.2 miles: 0 hours, 34 min
Picturesque, two-lane SR 70 takes travelers across the Green River where you may...
Kentucky's Scenic Route 90
1 leg - 57.9 miles: 1 hours, 5 min
Kentucky’s Scenic Route 90 is a relaxing journey through woods, meadows an...
North Carolina's Scenic Route 421
1 leg - 10.5 miles: 0 hours, 13 min
Heading toward Deep Gap on US 421, New River peeks out from the trees as the Blu...
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park Scenic Drive
1 leg - 6.1 miles: 0 hours, 7 min
The north end of this route begins in the small, quiet town of Dawson Springs. Fifty-six-acre Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park lies at the south end of this two-lane scenic byway. In between, tree-lined SR 109 is rural with long stretches of rolling farmland. In springtime, enjoy the fresh scent of mint from the pennyroyal blooms; in autumn, the hardwood and pine trees present a spectrum of vibrant colors.
Pennyrile Scenic Parkway
1 leg - 70.6 miles: 1 hours, 1 min
Miles and miles of tranquil farmland, quiet hamlets, charming cities and busy to...
Ashley River Road
2 legs - 16.1 miles: 0 hours, 39 min
Driving the Ashley River Road Historic Byway (SR 61) will allow you to experienc...
Edisto Island National Scenic Byway
1 leg - 13.7 miles: 0 hours, 17 min
Spanish moss-draped oak tree canopies create foliage tunnels in contrast to the ...
Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway
1 leg - 119.8 miles: 2 hours, 27 min
Driving down SR 11, travelers will not only be treated to views of the Blue Ridg...
Wilderness Road Heritage Scenic Byway
1 leg - 100.8 miles: 2 hours, 16 min
Wilderness Road Heritage Scenic Byway follows the historic trail Daniel Boone blazed, also used by explorers, Native Americans and pioneers traveling from Cumberland Gap into the wilderness. Lush scenery around every curve makes it hard to stop in Renfro Valley, famous for toe-tapping mountain music, and Berea, the “Folk Arts and Crafts Capital of Kentucky.”