For some of us there is nothing better than hitting the open road, windows down, wind blowing in our hair, our favorite music blasting, feeling carefree and ready to experience all that the journey has in store. For others the destination is all part of the fun, planned stops along the way at favorite eateries and watering holes, scenic overlooks or off the beaten path shops. For whatever type of traveler, you are. Here is a list of some of the best road trips and scenic byways in North Carolina.

Although most people are aware of the Blue Ridge Parkway, 252 miles of twisting mountain views and tunnels spanning across Western North Carolina. A lesser-known drive near Asheville is the Forest Heritage National Scenic Byway, start in Brevard and wind 15 miles to the Blue Ridge Parkway, taking opportunities to hike, picnic and enjoy some amazing waterfalls. Speaking of waterfalls, Western North Carolina has some amazing waterfalls travelers are sure to enjoy. Start with Linville Falls on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Or check out Crabtree Falls, Looking Glass Falls, Cove Creek Falls and Whitewater Falls, the highest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains.

Venture a little further West and you’ll discover the Cherohala Skyway, a 43-mile byway from Robbinsville, North Carolina to Tellico Plains, Tennessee. Road enthusiasts wind up and over 5,400-foot mountains with abundant and unobstructed scenic overlooks and then descend into the back country of Tennessee. Ample opportunities arise on this stretch of road for world class hiking, incredible views, and even a refreshing waterfall dip. The fall is an exceptional time of year for visitors to see the leaves changing and to enjoy the cooler temperatures.

We are fortunate to live in such a scenically stunning state. Treat yourself to simultaneous sound and ocean views on the Outer Banks Scenic Byway. This stretch of 137 miles takes you past marshes, towering dunes, beautiful beaches, and abundant wildlife. Travel through beach towns, enjoy ferry rides and be sure to check out the Hatteras Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse in the United States.

Scenic overlooks, picturesque sunsets, stunning sunrises and great memories are all part of a North Carolina road trip but nothing is better than the ride home. Come discover what life at The Bluffs is like and check out our Move-In Ready homes.