The Clingman's Dome lookout tower at dusk in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Blue Ridge Parkway Road Trip: 5-Day Knoxville Loop

With just five days, you can explore Knoxville, traipse into Dollywood, log some quality trail time, explore Great Smoky Mountains National Park, catch an amazing firefly display, ride a steam train…and drive a short, but beautiful, section of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Motorcycles along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Brian Patterson/dreamstime.

Driving Tips for the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive

If you plan on driving Blue Ridge Parkway or Skyline Drive, the trip is made a lot easier—and simpler!—if you know ahead of time about the mile-marker system, when and where you can fuel up, speed limits, and how to effectively pull-off a one-way trip in either your own vehicle or a rental.

An American flag flies at the top of Chimney Rock overlooking Chimney Rock State Park in North Carolina.

Discover the Blue Ridge Parkway

Known as “America’s favorite scenic drive,” Blue Ridge Parkway is more than just a drive. It’s nature, serene and awesome by turns, it’s cultured cities, hiking trails, quiet moments, and realizing that the road that led you here will take you home… but you’ll be different for having driven its miles.

Moon Blue Ridge Parkway Road Trip

This full-color guide to road tripping along the Blue Ridge Parkway includes vibrant photos and helpful planning maps. The Blue Ridge Parkway through Virginia and North Carolina draws visitors from all over the world, taking them from the majesty of the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina to the splendor of Shenandoah National Park in […]

Black and white photo of author Margaret Mitchell.

Travel Reading List: Novels Set in Georgia and the Carolinas

Gone With the Wind; Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil; Shoeless Joe (well, sort of) — some of the most classic works of American literature are set in the Carolinas and Georgia. Native Jim Morekis has compiled a list of required reading for literary times looking to enrich their experience while visiting these stalwart southern states.

Player Amber Henson in uniform on the court holds the ball out in one hand towards the camera.

Scoring College Basketball Tickets in North Carolina

For hard-core basketball fans, the research, haggling, and expense are a small price to pay for a chance to attend an ACC game. If you’re looking for college basketball tickets when visiting North Carolina, get started with this guide.