Scenic Drives

With miles of awe-inspiring beauty to behold, find yourself whisked away to breathtaking heights on one of Asheville’s many scenic drives. 

50 Things to Do in Asheville, N.C.

50 Things to Do in Asheville, N.C.

by Del Holston

If you’re looking for things to do in Asheville, then consider this list your primer to the many activities available in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Whether you’re a first-time visitor, or perhaps well acquainted with the flair of this … read more

Scenic Drives for Any Season

Scenic Drives for Any Season

by Asheville Insider

There’s Always Something Around the Bend in Asheville You don’t have to travel far from Asheville to become immersed in natural beauty. The topography of the Blue Ridge Mountains lends itself to some of the best scenic drives and … read more

Scenic Fall Routes on a Motorcycle

Scenic Fall Routes on a Motorcycle

by Asheville Insider

View the changing autumn color at many elevations in one afternoon, with the wind in your hair. Our friends at Dale's Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley helped us put together some favorite motorcycle rides, leaving from the Asheville … read more

6 Drive-By Waterfalls: A Windshield Tour for All to Enjoy

6 Drive-By Waterfalls: A Windshield Tour for All to Enjoy

by Mark File

Easy-to-see cascades in the Blue Ridge Mountains The Blue Ridge Mountains surrounding Asheville are home to thousands of beautiful cascades. While most are in remote areas or require a hike to see, here are half a dozen waterfalls that you can easily … read more

Fall Scenic Drives: Mid Fall Color

Fall Scenic Drives: Mid Fall Color

by Asheville Insider

By mid-October, the fall color is generally moving down to mountain slopes and overall color is beginning to become its most brilliant. Visit our weekly leaf reports to stay up-to-date on the most colorful foliage. Here are just a few splendid scenic … read more

Fall Scenic Drives: Late Color

Fall Scenic Drives: Late Color

by Asheville Insider

From late October through early November, lower elevations around the Asheville area feature stunning color, which you can enjoy on these late-season scenic drives. Since the color changes happen often, visit our weekly leaf reports to stay … read more

Fall Scenic Drives: Early Color

Fall Scenic Drives: Early Color

by Asheville Insider

A first look at fall color In the early fall, trees begin changing color at the highest elevations surrounding the Asheville area, so head out on these scenic drives in late September and early October. Visit our weekly fall color reports to stay … read more

5 Things You Need to Know About Fall in Asheville

5 Things You Need to Know About Fall in Asheville

by Cat Kessler

Top tips for your best leaf peeping getaway Beginning in mid-July, the phone begins to ring at the Asheville Visitor Center with travelers asking about the upcoming fall color season. Will the fall leaf color be "good" this year? When will … read more

Best Fall Drives For Experiencing Craft Art in Asheville

Best Fall Drives For Experiencing Craft Art in Asheville

by Janet Moore

Discover Appalachian Craft Art Culture Along Area Byways As you travel mountain roads splashed with brilliant fall color, it's easy to understand why Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains have inspired artists and craftspeople for generations. … read more

The Beginning of the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Beginning of the Blue Ridge Parkway

by Asheville Insider

The seed was planted for a scenic road through the Blue Ridge Mountains when North Carolina geologist Joseph Hyde Pratt proposed a mountain toll roll stretching from Marion, VA, to Tallulah, GA. World War I halted work on the road, but the idea of a … read more