The Blue Ridge Parkway curves over and through gorgeous mountains and valleys. Without a doubt, it is one of the most scenic drives in America. With views like this under cotton candy sunsets, you’ll never want to leave. This spectacular moment was captured in the Highlands District of North Carolina. Photo courtesy of Jim Ruff.

East Fork Overlook - Blue Ridge Parkway, Western NC by Phil Varney
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Phil Varney Photography || Facebook || 500px I’ve visited East Fork Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway maybe a half-dozen or a dozen times in the last several months, trying to get a good sunrise image with some color. One of my visits finally coincided with a colorful sunset, and the color above was just as spectacular as the color below! I chose a vertical composition to focus on the sunrise color, since it was mostly confided to the northern portion of the view. Even though these elevations are technically ‘past-peak’, there’s still a lot of beautiful leaves lingering around on the trees; I suspect that the rain this week will do a number on whatever is left over at the high to middle elevations.

It’s time for your Blue Ridge Parkway experience. Take a slow-paced and relaxing drive (please obey the speed limit) revealing stunning long-range vistas and close-up views of the rugged mountains and pastoral landscapes of the Appalachian Highlands. The Parkway meanders for 469 miles through Virginia and North Carolina, protecting a diversity of plants and animals, and providing opportunities for enjoying all that makes this region of the country so special. Photo from Beacon Heights courtesy of Jim Ruff.

Experience America’s favorite drive at the Blue Ridge Parkway. Meandering for 469 miles, the parkway reveals stunning long-range vistas and close-up views of the rugged mountains and pastoral landscapes of the Appalachian Highlands in North Carolina and Virginia – not to mention some of the most magical sunrises and sunsets. Want to see more amazing pics from Blue Ridge? Follow usinterior on snapchat as Blue Ridge shares live updates from the park.

Photo by Susan Harris (www.sharetheexperience.org).