The best route for color right now is the Blue Ridge Parkway from Spruce Pine to Virginia.
Other colorful routes are
- NC 105 from Linville to Boone,
- NC 184 from Tynecastle to Banner Elk,
- NC 181 from Gingercake Acres to Newland,
- NC 194 from Elk Park to Valle Crucis (expect road construction in Matney),
- US 19E from Spruce Pine to Cranberry
- US 321 from Boone to Watauga Lake
- US 421 from Boone north to Trade, TN.