Blue Ridge Parkway Virginia Audio Driving Tour

Roanoke, US
Roanoke, US
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Embark on a captivating journey through the northernmost section of the Blue Ridge Parkway, where nature's beauty unfolds at every turn. This picturesque route invites you to explore not only breathtaking scenic overlooks but also a network of hiking trails catering to all skill levels. Immerse yourself in the history of the region and visit a historic resort that adds a touch of nostalgia to your adventure. Let the expertly narrated audio tour be your guide, providing insights into the surrounding landscapes, charming towns, and the rich historical tapestry that blankets the Blue Ridge Parkway. Whether you're captivated by panoramic vistas or intrigued by the cultural heritage along the way, this iconic scenic drive promises an unforgettable journey through nature's wonders and the stories that have shaped the region.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 8 hours - 9 hours
  • Suitable for 1-15 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • & Audio GuidedSelf Guided Experience
  • Immerse in captivating audio narration
  • Explore scenic overlooks and hiking trails
  • Discover rich historical tapestry of the region
  • Visit a historic resort for added nostalgia
  • Freedom to explore at your own pace
  • Tours never expire
  • Offline audio guided tour: hours of audio narration with stories, travel tips and music
  • Offline map (map and gps work completely offline - no wifi or data needed)
  • Take the tour when you want - download the tour and choose the day that works best for you
  • Tour start is customizable
  • Tour highlights with activity and restaurant recommendations
  • Turn-by-turn directions using gps
  • Freedom to explore at your own pace - pick the stops you want, skip the ones you don’t
  • Audio narration that plays automatically as you drive
  • Meals and refreshment
  • Parking fees
  • Entrance fees

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Experience the natural beauty and rich history of Virginia's Blue Ridge Parkway like never before with the Blue Ridge Parkway Virginia Audio Driving Tour. This immersive journey takes you on a scenic drive through picturesque landscapes, charming towns, and historic sites, all while expertly narrated to enhance your exploration.

What to expect?

Embark on a self-guided adventure through the northernmost section of the Blue Ridge Parkway, where you will encounter breathtaking scenic overlooks, diverse hiking trails, and a touch of nostalgia at a historic resort. The expertly narrated audio tour will provide you with insights into the surrounding landscapes, cultural heritage, and hidden gems along the route, ensuring a memorable and informative experience.

Who is this for?

This tour is ideal for nature enthusiasts, history buffs, and anyone seeking a unique and immersive way to explore the Blue Ridge Parkway. Whether you're a solo traveler, a couple looking for a romantic getaway, or a family seeking outdoor adventures, this audio driving tour offers something for everyone.

Why book this?

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway with this audio driving tour that provides a personalized and informative experience. From panoramic vistas to hidden gems, the tour offers a unique perspective on the region's natural and cultural treasures. With the freedom to explore at your own pace and the convenience of offline audio narration and maps, this tour is the perfect way to discover the wonders of Virginia's scenic landscapes.

Good to know

The Blue Ridge Parkway Virginia Audio Driving Tour includes offline audio narration, maps, and GPS guidance, allowing you to take the tour at your convenience without the need for Wi-Fi or data. While meals, parking fees, and entrance fees are not included, the tour offers customizable start times and recommendations for activities and dining options along the way, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable experience.


Travelers rave about the Blue Ridge Parkway Virginia Audio Driving Tour, praising its informative narration, stunning scenery, and flexibility to explore at their own pace. Many highlight the tour's ability to uncover hidden gems and provide a deeper understanding of the region's history and natural beauty, making it a must-do experience for anyone visiting the area.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

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Your Itinerary

Explore Park

The first stop along our tour, this state-run park has a visitor center with helpful staff and a gift shop featuring arts and crafts from local artists. Want to start the day off with a hike? This place has you covered, with a variety of trails for all levels of experience. There’s even a section with a zipline, obstacle course, and trampoline park. Expect to spend more time here, depending on what you want to do.

The Quarry Overlook

The first overlook on our tour today. Features views of the distant mountains as well as a real, working quarry.

Montvale Overlook

This is another perspective on the mountains, complete with the small town of Montvale in the distance.

Porter Mountain View

As the name suggests, this overlook offers a profile view of Porter’s Mountain. Additionally, you can see down into the Goose Creek Valley, over 2000 feet below.

Peaks of Otter Visitor Center

The first visitor center along the Blue Ridge Parkway today is also the most popular. It has everything you could possibly want. There’s a museum dedicated to the natural history of the Blue Ridge Mountains. There is a ranger-staffed desk for all of your questions about the area. There’s a general store with provisions for the road, as well as a gift shop for souvenirs. There’s even a restroom if you feel the call of nature. In the rear of the Center, you will find an amphitheater that hosts presentations, as well as the start of two separate trails. The Elk Run trail is moderately easy and should take you about 45 minutes. The Harkening Hill trail, on the other hand, is pretty difficult and will take around 5 hours in total. We recommend the Elk Run, it’s far more manageable and will help you get back on the road.

Peaks of Otter Lodge

This hotel is within sight of the Visitor Center. It is the only food and lodging available directly on the Parkway itself. Reservations are recommended if you would like to stay in one of the rooms, but any visitor is welcome to enjoy the restaurant. There’s sit-down dining or grab-and-go food available. Don’t forget to check out the view of the Peaks of Otter from behind the lodge! There’s also a peaceful walk around a man-made lake. It’s paved, shady, and ADA-compliant. It’s the least difficult walk on your tour today, and should only take about 30 minutes, depending on how much of the scenery you want to take in.

Apple Orchard Falls Trailhead

Despite the name, there are no apples to be found at the Apple Orchard Falls Trailhead. What you can find is a moderately strenuous walk down to a beautiful waterfall. Though relatively small, the falls are quite picturesque and make for a great reward for navigating this well-marked trail. Remember, though, it’s not the walk down that’s difficult, it’s the walk back up!

Apple Orchard Mountain Overlook

Once again, there are unfortunately no apples to be found here at this overlook. What you can find is a breathtaking view, as this is the highest Parkway elevation in all of Virginia at 3950 feet above sea level.

James River Visitor Center

This smaller Visitor Center is definitely worth the visit. For one thing, it is the lowest point on the entire Blue Ridge Parkway. That’s right, we’ve gone from the highest to the lowest point in Virginia, all on one tour! Features in the Center include information panels about the natural history of the Parkway area, as well as a ranger-staffed desk.

Otter Lake Waterfalls

A moderately difficult loop trail that takes around Otter Lake. There’s a stone bridge over the creek as well as a man-made waterfall and a fishing pier (if you already have the required license).

Indian Gap Rocks

If you skip over the longer trail at Otter Lake, Indian Gap Rocks is a great stop for stretching your legs. It is under a mile out and back and features several rock formations.

Buena Vista

Located just a few minutes off of the Parkway, Buena Vista is an ideal stop if you need to fill up on gas. It’s also perfect for food, with several local restaurants and national chains, with something for everyone.

Chimney Rock Mountain Overlook

Chimney Rock Mountain is another wonderful overlook, this time boasting trees in the middle, giving you two different views for the price of one.

Irish Creek Valley Overlook

You can see for miles and miles from the Irish Creek Valley Overlook. The Creek and valley were named for the Scotch-Irish immigrants who settled in the area in the 17th century.

Yankee Horse Ridge Trailhead to Wigwam Falls

There are two short walks at Yankee Horse Ridge Trailhead. One leads along the re-created tracks of an abandoned railroad, originally used to move timber from a logging operation. If you walk to the left of the tracks, you will see another trail that leads to Wigwam Falls, one of the most photographed waterfalls on this section of the Parkway.

Whetstone Ridge Visitor Center

More of a short break than a true Visitor Center, Whetstone Ridge is only necessary if you need to use a clean restroom. There are no other amenities at this stop.

Big Spy Mountain Overlook

If you did not stop to stretch your legs at Whetstone Visitor Center, you have another chance here at this 10-minute short trail. It leads up a hill where you can get a decent view of the surrounding mountain.

20-Minute Cliff Overlook

This overlook was named for an interesting trick of the light. From the nearby town of White Rock, the sun will hit these rocks exactly 20 minutes before sundown in the Summer.

Sherando Lake

A true hidden gem just off of the parkway, Sherando Lake features several outdoor activities. There is a beach, ideal for relaxing or playing in the sand. There are two man-made lakes, one for fishing and the other for water sports like swimming, canoeing, or kayaking. You'll also discover multiple trails with all levels of difficulty. There is even a Visitor Center which features all of the amenities you could ask for. Sherando Lake parking costs $8 per vehicle.

Raven's Roost Overlook

Raven’s Roost is one of the most popular overlooks on this section of the Parkway. It should only take a few minutes for you to see why. A gorgeous panorama of the valley and mountains below, with two possible locations for photographs. As the name suggests, ravens frequently roost nearby, so it is not uncommon for you to see them perched at this overlook, or soaring high above the valley.

Afton Overlook

This is the final stop on our tour, and it does not disappoint. Afton Overlook is a great overlook for a last look at the Blue Ridge Mountains, especially if you are here as the sun sets. So are you ready to explore the Blue Ridge Parkway Virginia? Here’s everything you need to know before you go! And, if you’re looking for the ultimate Blue Ridge Parkway road trip, check out the Blue Ridge Parkway Tour Bundle!

2024-06-25 06:18