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Blue Ridge Parkway Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour

Activity provider: Action Tour Guide

Blue Ridge Parkway Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour

Activity provider: Action Tour Guide

From US$ 10 per person

Discover the most beautiful stretch of highway in North Carolina along the Blue Ridge Parkway, home to incredible vistas, lush forests, and tons of Cherokee history and legends.

About this activity

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Valid 365 days
from first activation
Audio guide included
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Get in the driving seat and get lost in the landscape
  • Take in the beauty of America's longest linear park
  • Immerse yourself in its rich and diverse history
  • Marvel at the stunning waterfalls and swimming spots
  • Learn all about the historical twists of the parkway’s construction
Full description

Settle in behind the wheel and embark on an adventure with an audio narrator that guides you through the breath-taking scenery, telling the vibrant stories and incredible facts of this rich and historical landscape.

Starting at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center, your tour takes you the east toward the majesty of Blue Ridge Scar and Ballhoot Overlooks mountain range. Then it’s on to the Big Witch Overlook to learn the ancient art of Cherokee medicine.

From there, move on to the Big Witch Overlook to learn the ancient art of Cherokee medicine. Next, arrive at Soco Gap, the site of a major battle between the Cherokee and a rival tribe. Then hear the Cherokee story of why trees lose their leaves in the winter.

Next, learn the truth about the infamous Trail of Tears, and what it meant for the people living here. On your way to Roy Taylor Forest Overlook, listen the complete history of the parkway, from its inception and gruelling construction to the bizarre turns leading to its completion.

Check out the hiking trails for Cathedral Falls and French Broad Falls, both unmissable waterfalls. A further trail leads to the summit of Black Balsam Knob, after which there is another leading to Skinny Dip Falls, a fantastic swimming spot, followed by the Cherro Cove overlook.

The Pisgah Inn and Observation Deck offer a truly perfect view of the mountains. From there, continue on toward Asheville and learn about its history, its music, and the city’s wealthiest resident. Finally, arrive at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center, where your tour will conclude.

Includes
  • Self-guided tour through the Action Tour Guide app
  • Unique password (sent by email) for access
  • Live GPS map on your phone
  • Offline functionality
  • Audio narration
  • Written text explanations
  • Route from stop to stop
  • List of stops along the route
  • Entry to paid attractions
  • Vehicle rentals
  • Food or drinks
  • Transportation
  • Parking
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

This is a self-guided tour. From the Oconaluftee Visitor Center simply follow the audio instructions and the route information given by the app.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Charged Smartphone
  • Your own vehicle
  • Power bank

Know before you go

  • This is a self-guided tour; no guide will accompany you. The activity provider’s app functions as a guide, an audio tour, and a map. This is not an entry ticket
  • Please arrange for a vehicle before you take the tour. You only need to book one tour per vehicle, not per person
  • After the booking, you will receive an email with a link to the Action Tour Guide app and a unique password to access the tour within the app
  • This tour has been developed by local guides, curated by creative writers, and narrated by professional voice artists
  • Most stops along the tour have animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or interior rooms
  • This tour is valid forever, from the moment of booking. You will not need to change the booking if your travel plans change
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Glorified Google Maps, don't waste your money.

May 20, 2022

Product ID: 417843