Outdoor Site, History, and Sunset Tours

A variety of dates and times are available. Book your tour today, tours include watching the sunset when available.

2 hours

$150 minimum for up to 10 guests; $15 each additional person. By reservation only.  (Tour may vary with weather conditions, dates on or adjacent to national holidays may have a different rate structure)

Tour Description:

PARI’s 200+ acre site is full of natural beauty, breathtaking views, and historical buildings and instruments.  A staff member will guide you through a tour of the sights and stories of our home in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Take in 360 degree views from our observation deck including Devil’s Courthouse and the Blue Ridge Parkway and try out our giant binoculars.  While you’re there, you’ll learn about our optical telescopes and research instruments like our meteorite detector, and antenna that tracks migratory birds.

Our campus is a host to many plants and wildlife, with each season offering something unique.  Which will you spot on your visit?

You may choose to walk our roads and trails for this tour, or take our shuttle.

This is a rain or shine tour and will be tailored to the weather conditions.  No refunds or transfers will be given.

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