Recent Searches
Clear

Travel update: We’re doing our best to help keep you safe and your plans flexible. Learn more.

Read More

Blue Ridge Parkway Tours

star-5
13 Reviews
Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of America’s most scenic road trips—a slow-paced drive through connecting Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the south to Shenandoah National Park in the north. Along the way lie stunning long-range vistas and close-up views of the parkway’s namesake: the rugged Blue Ridge Mountains. 

The Basics
The Blue Ridge Parkway is a peaceful escape from hectic urban life. Get off the grid by heading out on a road trip, or take a day trip from Asheville, North Carolina, on which you can hike through the Appalachian wilderness and visit scenic waterfalls. Artistically inclined visitors can hone their photography skills on a small-group photo tour of the parkway and capture wild landscapes under the guidance of a local Asheville photographer. If you travel to the southern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway, make sure to stop off at Great Smoky Mountains National Park for a guided nature and history tour, rafting trip, or scenic helicopter flight. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The parkway’s speed limit never exceeds 45 mph (72 kph). Due to steep roads and occasional wildlife crossings, careful driving is essential. 
  • There are plenty of stops along the way to sightsee, hike, or picnic—many travelers take four or five days to complete the whole route. 
  • The weather along the parkway can vary greatly due to changes in elevation, so dress in layers. 

How to Get There
The Blue Ridge Parkway runs 469 miles (755 kilometers) through the Appalachian Highlands between North Carolina and Virginia. You’ll find markers along every mile of the parkway, and it’s best to carry a map to determine where you want to go, as GPS directions often do not understand the milepost system. 

When to Get There
While the parkway is open 24 hours a day, visitor services (picnic areas, visitor centers, and restrooms) may be limited during evening and night, and are closed from November through April. The road closes only due to inclement weather, which occurs most often in winter. Summer brings balmy temperatures in the lower elevations; temperatures can remain cool higher up. Autumn weather can vary, but by mid-October the landscape is drenched in red, orange, and yellow, making this a superb time for leaf-peeping.

Exploring Asheville, North Carolina 
The Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center near Asheville is a popular place to start an Appalachian road trip. Nestled away in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, the city of Asheville is known for its vibrant arts scene and historic architecture, including the 19th-century Biltmore Estate, a massive historical mansion built by George Vanderbilt. Don’t miss the downtown Art District, which is filled with galleries and museums, and the nearby River Arts District, where former factory buildings house artists’ studios. There are also numerous hiking trails in the area, along with a cheery nightlife scene of hip craft breweries. 

Practical Info

The speed limit on the Blue Ridge Parkway is only 45 mph at most, and there are many points along the way to stop and sightsee, hike, or picnic – so taking 4 to 5 days to travel the whole thing isn't unheard of. Careful driving is essential, especially with the steep roads and occasional wildlife crossings.
Address: Blue Ridge Parkway, USA
Read More

11 Tours and Activities to Experience Blue Ridge Parkway

Filter
Select Dates
Today
Tomorrow




Did you know?You can reserve your spot today and pay when you're ready.
Learn more
Did you know?
You can reserve your spot today and pay when you're ready.Learn more
Sort by:Featured
Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfalls Hiking Tour with Transportation from Asheville

Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfalls Hiking Tour with Transportation from Asheville

star-5
Hike the best of the Blue Ridge Parkway on this guided day trip to three scenic waterfalls from Asheville. Take in views of the mountains as you tour the classic road in a comfortable van and hear stories about the area’s natural history and culture from your local guide. Watch for blooming laurels and rhododendron as you walk the easy to moderate trails through lush oak and hickory forests. Enjoy light refreshments along the way with plenty of time to relax by the falls before returning to Asheville.
More
  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$86.09
From
US$86.09

Blue Ridge Parkway & Waterfall Hike - Private Tour From Asheville

Blue Ridge Parkway & Waterfall Hike - Private Tour From Asheville

star-5
On these Private Waterfall Tours, you will get to enjoy the falls up close and with ease. We specializes in taking tours to hidden gems and locally-known waterfalls, uncluttered by foot traffic and crowds.
More
  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$150.00
Price varies by group size
From
US$150.00
Price varies by group size

Waterfalls and Blue Ridge Parkway Hiking Tour

Waterfalls and Blue Ridge Parkway Hiking Tour

star-5
Discover the vibrant fall colors of the Blue Ridge Parkway with a naturalist guide to show you the best vistas, photo spots, and waterfalls. With someone else to navigate the winding country roads, you can enjoy the fall colors from the moment the tour begins. Plus, this intimate, small-group tour has a maximum of six guests, making it easy to get to know your guide and learn more about the region.
More
  • 4 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$99.00
From
US$99.00
Taking safety measures

Guided Horseback Ride through Flame Azalea & Fern Forest

Guided Horseback Ride through Flame Azalea & Fern Forest

star-4.5
Horseback riding through the Blue Ridge Mountains is a beautiful way to explore the area’s natural attractions. Trot through fern groves, past rows of wild flame azaleas, and into a white pine forest on well-trained, gentle horses. This tour includes a safety training, too, making it a good choice for beginner horseback riders and children.
More
  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$92.26
From
US$92.26
Taking safety measures

Private Family-Friendly Guided Waterfall Tour with Transportation from Asheville

Private Family-Friendly Guided Waterfall Tour with Transportation from Asheville

star-5
The greatest family experience in Asheville! Our Private Family Waterfall Tour allows you to see some of the most beautiful waterfalls around Asheville! Our guides are permitted, licensed and trained to make sure your family is safe and has the greatest possible experience! AND we donate 10% of every dollar we make to help end human trafficking.
More
  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$125.00
Price varies by group size
From
US$125.00
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Half-day Winter Ice & Elk Photo Tour w/ Photography Lessons

Half-day Winter Ice & Elk Photo Tour w/ Photography Lessons

For our Half-Day Winter Photo Tour, we try to pack a lot in! We’ll visit a waterfall, try to find elk near Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and – if the conidtions are right – go find a huge wall of ice at the higher elevations! All while learning how to improve your photography. We are currently open and taking safety precautions for our guests! Visit our website to learn how we're handling COVID.
More
  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$148.72
From
US$148.72

Mountain Portrait Photo Tours

Mountain Portrait Photo Tours

When you book our Half-Day Mountain Portrait Photo Tour, we take you to epic mountain overlooks and other scenic locations where we take portraits of you and your loved one(s)! We offer couples portrait sessions or family portrait sessions that deliver professional photos and memories that will last a lifetime :) We are currently open and taking safety precautions for our guests! Visit our website to learn how we're handling COVID
More
  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$315.00
Price varies by group size
From
US$315.00
Price varies by group size

Guided Horseback Riding Adventure on the Flame Azalea Trail

Guided Horseback Riding Adventure on the Flame Azalea Trail

star-5
Experience a scenic and memorable guided horseback riding adventure at Arrowmont Stables and Cabins outside of Asheville, North Carolina. Choose from a wide variety of departure times, then ride the beautiful Flame Azalea Trail, traveling through hardwood and white pine forests, plus open meadows with majestic, elevated views of the all-American Blue Ridge Parkway. Get to know the horses in advance. Guided safety training plus a ‘test drive’ and helmet (mandatory for those under 18) are provided.
More
  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$76.88
From
US$76.88
Taking safety measures

Scenic Driving Tour of the Blue Ridge Mountains

Scenic Driving Tour of the Blue Ridge Mountains

The Blue Ridge parkway Scenic driving tour is chauffered by a certified Naturalist that can tell you all about the flora, fauna an history of the parkway. He will stop at great vistas for photo opportunities and for some short hikes if the guests would like to.
More
  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$125.00
From
US$125.00
Taking safety measures

Half-day Fall Color Tour w/ Photography Lessons

Half-day Fall Color Tour w/ Photography Lessons

The 2020 fall color season is almost underway here in Asheville! We offer fall color guided tours and photography lessons that will take you to the spots that are showing the most color in the Blue Ridge Mountains! Spots are limited so we encourage booking as soon as possible. We offer small, private tours that focus on helping you capture better photos. Our tours take you to the most breathtaking locations across the Blue Ridge Mountains that only the locals know about. Our award-winning photographers know the Blue Ridge Mountains better than anyone else in the area! We are currently open and taking safety precautions for our guests! Visit our website to learn how we're handling COVID.
More
  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$150.00
From
US$150.00

Mountain Top Sunrise & Coffee

Mountain Top Sunrise & Coffee

star-5
You will get to see an amazing Asheville sunset from our favorite "secret" spots. Our founder grew up in Asheville and has found the greatest places to catch a sunrise!
More
  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$75.00
From
US$75.00
Taking safety measures

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What's the best way to experience Blue Ridge Parkway?

Things to do near Asheville


icon_solid_phone
Book online or call
(888) 651-9785
(888) 651-9785