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Blue Ridge Parkway Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour

3.8 / 5

4 reviews

Activity provider: Action Tour Guide

Blue Ridge Parkway Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour

Activity provider: Action Tour Guide

From US$ 14.99 per person

Discover the most beautiful stretch of highway in the southeast: the Blue Ridge Parkway, home to incredible vistas, lush forests, and tons of Cherokee and Appalachian history.

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Audio guide included
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Witness the breathtaking majesty of this primordial mountain range
  • Dive into the legends of the Cherokee tribe who once called this place home
  • Learn about the pioneers who made a life for themselves in this wilderness
  • Make the most of your road trip by taking the scenic route
  • Uncover the fascinating history of this parkway and the people who built it
Full description
Your tour begins at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. You’ll head first to Ballhoot Overlook, where you’ll get your first taste of the majesty found in this mountain range. Then it’s on to the Big Witch Overlook, where you’ll learn the ancient art of Cherokee medicine. Next, you’ll arrive at Soco Gap, the site of a major battle between the Cherokee and a rival tribe. Then, you’ll hear the truth about the infamous Trail of Tears. On your way to Roy Taylor Forest Overlook, you’ll also get the complete history of the parkway’s grueling construction. Then there are the hiking trails for Cathedral Falls and French Broad Falls, a pair of can’t-miss waterfalls. Plus, you’ll find another trail leading to the summit of Black Balsam Knob. Next up is the trail to Skinny Dip Falls, a fantastic swimming spot, followed by the phenomenal birding overlook of Cherro Cove. Those looking for a truly perfect view of the mountains will find it next, at Pisgah Inn and Observation Deck. From there, you’ll continue on toward Asheville and learn about its history, its music, and the city’s wealthiest resident. As you leave Asheville, you’ll pass even more incredible overlooks and trails, including the ever-popular Craven Gap Trail, which connects to a legendary 1,200-mile trail stretching across the state. Right after that is Lake Pinnacle Overlook, a perfect spot for a quick photo. After ascending to the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center, you’ll come to one of the best views on the parkway: Glassmine Falls Overlook. After a rainstorm, this 200-foot waterfall is quite a sight! Next, you’ll cross through the lush Mount Mitchell State Park before arriving at Green Knob Overlook, which was used for the establishing shot in Last of the Mohicans. Beyond a few more fabulous overlooks, you’ll reach the trail for Crabtree Falls—well worth a detour. Then you’ll pass the quaint towns of Emerald Village and Little Switzerland, home to some seriously peculiar and fascinating history. More viewpoints and trails await you ahead, as does some Civil War history and a few ghost stories. You’ll also have the chance to visit the breathtaking Mile High Swinging Bridge. After passing through the legendary skiing town of Blowing Rock you’ll come to another set of unbeatable overlooks and learn just what makes this mountain ecosystem so unique. Then you’ll see Brinegar Cabin, a restored homestead packed with history. Past Little Glad Mill Pond (a perfect picnic spot), you’ll cross the Virginia border and head straight through the Devil’s Den Nature Preserve. Keep those binoculars close, birdwatchers! Then there’s Puckett Cabin, once home to a hugely famous midwife, and Mabry Mill, dating back over a century! At last, you’ll arrive in the bustling town of Roanoke and learn about the haunting mystery behind its name. The tour will conclude here.
Includes
  • Mission: Join us to explore the world and its stories. Let us start with this area.
  • Discover at your own pace using a mobile app.
  • Excellent value - buy only one app/car. It is not a “per person” bus ticket.
  • Private tour in your/rental car: No group. Listen together from car speakers.
  • An audio guide, map, and tour book - all in one app on your phone.
  • A link to download the Action Tour Guide app. Password for your tours.
  • Easy to use - auto-play based on your GPS location. Hands-free.
  • Live Offline GPS map- works without a cell signal. Gives stop-by-stop directions.
  • All-day support line: Call, Chat, or Email.
  • Don’t miss a thing: Full itinerary, travel tips, and professionally narrated audio.
  • Visit key & hidden points. Enrich your experience with historical images/videos/text.
  • Start when there is less crowd, stop to take pictures, break for hikes, or go for lunch.
  • Valid for life - Listen to it before, during, and after the tour. Use it on multiple days.
  • Transportation, parking fee, food/drinks.
  • National Park/attraction passes, entry tickets, or reservations.

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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
  • Downloaded app
  • Power bank

Know before you go

  • This tour is a self-guided mobile app with a map, audio stories, and a guide.
  • Buy only one tour for the car. No need to pay for each person.
  • Connect your phone to the car speakers and enjoy listening together.
  • The app offers a full itinerary, tips, professional audio stories, scripts, images, videos, deep dives, hidden gems, hikes, and offline directions.
  • Flexible Schedule: Use it on any day and at any time- over multiple days.
  • Use it on your next trip here. This tour never expires.
  • Private tour in your car. No crowds. Start/break/hike/stop anytime.
  • Go at your own pace.
  • It auto starts based on you reaching the starting point GPS.
  • All stories play based on your GPS location. Requires no buttons to press.
  • Get HELP by calling, chatting, or emailing - all day long.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.8 /5

based on 4 reviews

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November 6, 2022

It was a good audio tour. It took some time to get the app and the tour downloaded while we are waiting to get started. It works pretty nifty along with Google Maps to sense where you are at and start the audio at the appropriate times.

October 21, 2022

We loved this way of seeing the BRP. We will use this way on future trips to other parks.

August 22, 2022

Product ID: 417843