A stunning autumn sunset on the Blue Ridge Parkway in NC on Monday, October 31, 2016. Copyright 2016 Jason Barnette

Blue Ridge Parkway

Along the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway are hundreds of scenic overlooks, hiking trails, and hidden destinations. But which of these have the best view for stunning sunsets?

I almost didn’t pull into the parking lot. I almost didn’t walk up those stairs. I almost didn’t see one of the most stunning overlooks on the entire Blue Ridge Parkway. But fortunately I did pull into the parking lot, walk up the short flight of stairs, and spent two hours one morning just admiring […]

7 Days of Fall Colors on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Last autumn I was finally able to check something off my travel bucket list: drive the entire Blue Ridge Parkway end to end in a single trip. The falls colors were just starting to peak, the weather was beautifully perfect, and I had nothing but time. I started in Waynesboro, Virginia. Seven days and 469 […]

The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most iconic road trip destinations in the country. People come from far and wide to enjoy the scenic overlooks, exciting hiking, and winding roads of the two-lane Parkway through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and North Carolina. It’s not hard to find a list of things […]

Graveyard Fields has an interesting history, a nice hiking trail, and two gorgeous waterfalls to discover during a day trip drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.

A large sign welcomes visitors to the “Highest Elevation on the Blue Ridge Parkway Motor Road”. At 6,053′ above sea level the Richland Balsam Overlook is the highest point on the entire Parkway and provides a stunning view of the lower mountain landscapes surrounding the peak. Take a selfie with the sign, enjoy a picnic, […]

The Cowee Mountain Overlook is one of the most stunning overlooks on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Located near Richland Balsam, the highest point on the Parkway, Cowee Mountain offers an uninterrupted panorama view of the local mountain landscapes. It’s a favorite spot for sunset photos, day trips, or people just passing through. But it will […]

Linville Falls is one of the most popular waterfall destinations on the Blue Ridge Parkway, but did you know there are five different ways to view these falls each with a unique feature?

That Time I Ran Out of Gas on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Ever see that cutesy meme floating around the Internet comparing the two types of drivers in the world: each see the gas needle almost at “E” and one says “I need to get gas immediately” while the other says “I can go a bit longer.” I’m the one who is always trying to pump just […]

Everyone has seen “that” photo of the Linn Cove Viaduct on the Blue Ridge Parkway, just like the one above. There have been photos from this location during stunning sunrises, peak of fall foliage colors, days with dramatic lighting, and beautiful summer days. But have you ever wondered just how these photographers captured this photo? […]

This little waterfall along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina is a nice detour, a short hike, and the stone observation deck is directly beside the roaring waterfall.

Mt. Jefferson is a 1,600′ towering mountain looming over the beautiful country town of West Jefferson, North Carolina. Just a few miles down Highway 16 is the Blue Ridge Parkway, and just a few miles down the parkway is this overlook. It provides a stunning look at the towering mountain, which also plays host to […]