Almost every week, my husband and I drive a small section of the Parkway. Our destination is the Pisgah Inn where we have a delicious breakfast and then head back down the mountains. The Inn overlooks a large gorge and we often see birds flying below us. The scenery is outstanding and no matter how often we make the trip, we find new joy in looking at the mountains. We climb several thousand feet in elevation on the way to the Inn, and we love to see the differences in the trees and flowers, especially in the Spring and Fall.
The Parkway has frequent turn outs and scenic viewing areas. However, it is perfectly acceptable to pull one's car off anywhere so long as the car is completely off the road. Here are some scenes from our most recent visit:
The mountain in the center of this picture (with the rock face) is Looking Glass Mountain, located in Pisgah National Forest.
What, you may ask is on the other side of the car?
We are truly blessed to have this beauty around us. And doubly blessed to have the time to take advantage of it.