The Blue Ridge Parkway is approximately 469 miles and runs through Virginia and North Carolina. It's the perfect place to get your mind off things and take a break from reality - you'll be surrounded by nature's beauty the entire time. These Virginia overlooks on the Blue Ridge Parkway are sure to bring you some sense of calmness while you ride with the windows down and music loud. 

Rock Point Overlook 

Price: Free

Address: Milepost 10.4

Why You Need To Go: You'll be surrounded by huge Chestnut Oaks when you come up to the overlooks; there'll be an incredible view across the valley. The Blue Ridge Mountains will be in your viewpoint and might even give you a sense of calm. 

Mill Mountain Overlook

Price: Free

Address: Milepost 120

Why You Need To Go: This is one of the more well-known overlooks on the Blue Ridge Parkway. You'll get a view of Downtown Roanoke and the valley that surrounds the city. 


Purgatory Mountain Overlook 

Price: Free

Address: Milepost 92.1

Why You Need To Go: You'll have a great view of the Purgatory Mountain and the James River that flows below. Back in horse and buggy times, drivers compared the trip down the mountain as "going through purgatory," according to the website. 


Pine Tree Overlook 

Price: Free

Address: Milepost 95.2

Why You Need To Go: When you visit this overlook, all you'll see is green goodness. The valley below has many farms and forests that make up the scenery while you have mountains in the background for a beautiful backdrop.  


Roanoke River Gorge

Price: Free 

Address: Milepost 114.9

Why You Need To Go: You'll have to get out of your car, but you get to venture over a huge bridge that will give you amazing views of the Niagra Dam. It makes for a little fresh air adventure and great pics. 


Cahas Mountain Overlook

Price: Free

Address: Milepost 139

Why You Need To Go: The Cahas Mountain has a summit of over 3,550 feet. It's one of the most iconic mountains in the Blue Ridge Mountain area


Rocky Knob Recreation Area

Price: Free

Address: Milepost 167

Why You Need To Go: If you're trying to get some fresh air and get out of your car, exploring this area might be the thing to do. You'll have mountain views on the horizon and there are a few different areas here to get incredible overlooks. 

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