Yes, the best roads are off of the BRP, but the BRP is a good compromise, unless you want to give yourself more time to ride in that region.
Lucky for you I did some research last year and saved it on a Google Doc.
Here are some miles markers
that I have saved that are worth stopping for. I did some research last year on what to stop for. I didn't want to miss anything good...I got tired of stopping at random overlooks....
84 to 87 Peaks of Otter's spectacular views have been popular since the days of Thomas Jefferson. A shuttle bus provides service to Sharp Top. Fee Charged.
before Roanoke. Very famous! It's on the VA license plates.
129.6 Roanoke Valley Overlook gives a view of the largest community along the parkway. Reach the city via U.S. Route 220 (at milepost 121), State Route 24 (at 112), and U.S. Route 460 (at 105).
167 to 174 Rocky Knob rises like the cresting of a wave to overlook Rock Castle Gorge.
189.1 Pilot Mountain (North Carolina)
The Big Pinnacle of Pilot Mountain, as viewed from Little Pinnacle Overlook.
238.5 to 244.7 Doughton Park was named for Congressman Robert L. Doughton, a staunch supporter and neighbor of the parkway. One of the best places to see deer. Campground.
304.4 Linn Cove Viaduct, a design and engineering marvel, skirts the side of Grandfather Mountain. Visitor center and trails.
The National Park Service maintains a visitor center and bridge museum at the south end of the viaduct.
This is really cool! Check out the website.
355.4 Mount Mitchell State Park, reached via N.C. 128, has a picnic area, lookout tower, and the highest point east of the Mississippi River.
361.2 Glassmine Falls, an 800-foot (240 m) ephemeral waterfall visible from an overlook on the side of the parkway.
384 The Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center. Get your national parks passport stamp.
417 Looking Glass Rock is visible from many spots on the Parkway starting at Mount Pisgah.
The highest point on the parkway (south of Waynesville, near Mount Pisgah in North Carolina) is 6053 feet or 1845 m above sea level (AMSL) on Richland Balsam Mountain at Milepost 431
Mile 451: Waterrock Knob
A 360-degree, four-state view; it’s the best view of the Smokies, the Nantahalas, the Pisgahs, and the Cowee Mountains and the best sunrise/sunset spot
at Meadows of Dan, VA, there is Willville M/C campground. 3 restaurants at that exit plus beer and gas. no bars.
Or try the park service campgrounds.
They are also very motorcycle friendly.
Plenty of chain hotels...just use the GPS.
Be sure to submit your "Ender to Ender Certificate"
If you take the slab back on hwy 81 north, may I suggest detours to include rte 33 west of Harrisonburg VA (to Brandywine) and Hungry Mother state park. Nice roads there....
Ride safe, enjoy, watch out for cops and take a lot of pics! Seriously, watch out for cops. The BRP is patrolled by federal police. They won't cut you a break. In some spots the speed limit drops from 45mph to 35mph.