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 area of North Carolina. Treat yourself to simultaneous sound and ocean views on the Outer Banks Scenic Byway, just a short distance from our amazing community. 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 drive home. Click here to view current listings in Albemarle Plantation, where you can enjoy distinct coastal living, award-winning golf, resort amenities, elegant homes and a private marina.

Click here to view special pricing and book your visit today! Guests enjoy a 3-day/2-night stay with access to world-class golf, fitness facilities and other one-of-a-kind amenities offered at Albemarle Plantation. Kayak on the stunning Albemarle Sound, bike through the community and get to know the residents as you dine at the clubhouse. Take this opportunity to explore the area, we are just minutes from Elizabeth City and historic Edenton, NC, where you can take in the stunning sights of the Albemarle Sound.