4 Reasons to Take a Drive Through North Carolina

Blue Ridge Parkway

If you're looking for a scenic byway, a stunning parkway, or a beautiful stretch of open road North Carolina is the place. Find out about four great reasons to take a drive through North Carolina.

Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

Known as America's Favorite Drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a scenic drive you simply can't miss. It's most stunning during the fall months, but the parkway's 250 miles are worth a visit in any season.

For trout fishing and tent camping make your way to the 13,500-acre Stone Mountain National Park, and for 500,000 acres of mountains and water slides stop at Mount Pisgah and the Pisgah National Forest. To learn about the area's unique culture, visit the Folk Art Center in Asheville and explore the vast collection at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian at milepost 469. No matter your interests, you'll find plenty to do and see along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Cherohala Skyway

Cherohala Skyway National Scenic Byway

This national scenic byway starts in Tellico Plains, Tennessee and travels 42 miles east to Robbinsville, North Carolina. Along the way, the Cherohala Skyway crosses the Great Smoky Mountains and tops out at over a mile above sea level before descending along the dense North Carolina forests.

You can drive this scenic skyway in under three hours, but you'll want to take your time to soak in the natural beauty around you. Pause at Santeetlah Overlook, the high point on the skyway, to see the view for miles around. Stop for fishing or whitewater rafting in Nantahala National Forest, or take a leisurely hike through Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest.

Forest Heritage National Scenic Byway

The 76-mile Forest Heritage National Scenic Byway winds through some of North Carolina's richest forests and crosses the Blue Ridge Parkway. Though you can drive the byway in two or three hours, many drivers concentrate on the scenic and attraction-packed 15-mile stretch near Brevard. Along the Forest Heritage National Scenic Byway explore the Pisgah Forest and the revitalizing Looking Glass Falls, take a hike in the pristine Shining Rock Wilderness, and relax at Sunburst Falls and French Broad Falls.

Outer Banks Scenic Lighthouse

Outer Banks Scenic Byway

On North Carolina's Atlantic Coast you'll see the best views along the Outer Banks Scenic Byway, which follows along the state's barrier islands. Here you'll see stunning views of the sea, explore lighthouses, and discover small towns far off the beaten path.

This scenic byway travels along nearly 145 miles, which most drivers can cover in under seven hours. No matter how much you drive, be sure to see some of the byway's highlights. Stop to see the national wildlife refuge on Pea Island, spot the well-known Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, take a swim at the Cape Lookout National Seashore, and marvel at the famous ponies on Ocracoke Island.

From the mountains to the sea, there's plenty of open road to discover in North Carolina. With a new or a certified pre-owned Hyundai you can even cover thousands of miles with room for the whole family.

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