We are so lucky to have some of America’s most storied highways. And before we share our favorite North Carolina road trips with you, I first have to admit that creating this guide was a bit overwhelming.

Luckily, the NC Department of Transportation created this brochure with a collection of all scenic byways in our state. With their help and based on our own experiences, we’ve come up with 20 scenic byways made up of US and North Carolina highways.

That also includes a few state roads and main thoroughfares through small towns and cities. All are full of twists, turns, and something special seemingly around every corner.

Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed some of them already. Even if you haven’t, we’re confident that you’ll agree upon these being the best North Carolina road trips that one can take. That’s what quite a few places featured here also grace our bucket list.

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- Carl Hedinger from NC Tripping