Washington D.C., Outer Banks & Blue Ridge Parkway 2016 An american road trip

Fall 2016

An American road trip, starting in Washington DC then down through the Outer Banks and on down the east coast to Charleston. After Charleston we head inland to explore the Great Smoky Mountains, before turning north to follow the Blue Ridge Parkway back to Washington DC.

Approximately 2600 miles.


Washington, D.C.

Sunrise, looking towards the Washington Monument across the Reflecting Pool, National Mall, Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as "Washington", "the District", or simply "D.C.", is the capital of the United States.

US Military personnel training in the early morning sun

Sunrise at the US Marine Corps Memorial, with the Washington Monument and the Capitol building in the distance.

The United States Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial) is a national monument located in Arlington County, Virginia, The memorial was inspired by the iconic 1945 photograph of six Marines raising a U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.

The Lincoln Memorial is a national monument built to honor the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. It is located on the western end of the National Mall across from the Washington Monument.

The building is in the form of a Greek Doric temple and contains a large seated sculpture of Abraham Lincoln and inscriptions of two well-known speeches by Lincoln, "The Gettysburg Address" and his Second Inaugural Address.

The Lincoln memorial has been the site of many famous speeches, including Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, West Potomac Park, Washington, D.C.

The World War II Memorial is dedicated to Americans who served in the armed forces and as civilians during World War II. Consisting of 56 pillars and a pair of small triumphal arches surrounding a plaza and fountain, it sits on the National Mall between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.

The Freedom Wall on the west side of the memorial has 4,048 gold stars, each representing 100 Americans who died in the war.

The Washington Monument is an obelisk on the National Mall, built to commemorate George Washington, once commander-in-chief of the Continental Army and the first American president.

Sunset at the National World War II Memorial

Sunset across the reflecting pool looking towards the Lincoln Memorial.

Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Tidal Basin, Washington DC.

Sunset at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial

Arlington National Cemetery is a United States military cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., in whose 624 acres (253 ha) the dead of the nation's conflicts have been buried, beginning with the American Civil War.

The cemetery was established during the Civil War on the grounds of Arlington House, which had been the estate of the family of Confederate General Robert E. Lee's wife Mary Anna (Custis) Lee

US Flag at half mast, Robert F Kennedy gravesite, in front of Arlington House, Robert E Lee Memorial, Historic former home of Robert E Lee, Arlington National Cemetary, Arlington, Virginia. USA.
Arlington National Cemetery

United States Air Force Memorial, Arlington, Virginia, USA.

United States Air Force Memorial, Arlington, Virginia, USA.
United States Air Force Memorial, Arlington, Virginia, USA.
United States Air Force Memorial, Arlington, Virginia, USA.
United States Air Force Memorial, Arlington, Virginia, USA.
United States Air Force Memorial, Arlington, Virginia, USA.
United States Air Force Memorial, Arlington, Virginia, USA.
United States Air Force Memorial, Arlington, Virginia, USA.
United States Air Force Memorial, Arlington, Virginia, USA.
United States Air Force Memorial, Arlington, Virginia, USA.


The Outer Banks

The Outer Banks are barrier islands off the coast of the U.S. state of North Carolina, separating the Atlantic Ocean from the mainland. Their open-sea beaches, state parks and shipwreck diving sites make them a popular holiday destination. Roanoke Island was the site of England’s first settlement in the New World, an endeavor sponsored by Sir Walter Raleigh.

Nags Head, Outer Banks.

Numerous fishing piers dot the coastline

Hurricane damaged fishing pier

Bodie Island Lighthouse



Charleston is the oldest and second-largest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina.

Charleston was founded as Charles Town—honoring King Charles II of England—in 1670.

Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge

Angel Oak is a Southern live oak located in Angel Oak Park on Johns Island near Charleston, South Carolina. Angel Oak is estimated to be 500 years old.

Folly Beach


Blue Ridge Mountains

The Blue Ridge Mountains are a physiographic province of the larger Appalachian Mountains range.

Within the Blue Ridge province are two major national parks: the Shenandoah National Park, in the northern section, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in the southern section. The Blue Ridge also contains the Blue Ridge Parkway, a 469-mile (755 km) long scenic highway that connects the two parks and is located along the ridge crestlines with the Appalachian Trail.

Early Fall Colors, Early Morning Mist, Pisgah, Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina.

Looking Glass Rock is a pluton monolith in the Appalachian Mountains. The mountain is located within Pisgah National Forest. Named for the way its granite face reflects the sunshine, it rises from the valley floor to an elevation of almost 4000 ft.

Blue Ridge mountains, Second Falls, East Fork, North Carolina, USA.

The Blue Ridge Mountains are noted for having a bluish color when seen from a distance. Trees put the "blue" in Blue Ridge, from the isoprene released into the atmosphere, thereby contributing to the characteristic haze on the mountains and their distinctive color

Chimney Rock State Park

Areas within the park as well as surrounding the park were featured prominently in the 1984 film A Breed Apart and most of the final scenes of the 1992 adaptation of The Last of the Mohicans, including the Huron negotiation, the chase along the cliff, the fight between Uncas and Magua, Alice's decision, and the climactic fight between Magua and Chingachgook.

The chase along the cliff took place on the cliff in the left hand side of this shot.

Traveling the byeways of the Blue Ridge Parkway
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Beams of sunlight across the Blue Ridge mountains, Virginia, USA.
Blue Ridge mountains, Virginia, USA.
Blue Ridge mountains, Virginia, USA.

Sunrise at Price Lake

Peaks of Otter Lake


Art Photography by Scott Masterton

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