Outdoor Site, History, and Sunset Tours

View the many unique features of our iconic 200+ acre site and learn about its history and secrets!

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.

If you’re fascinated by the breakthroughs made here by NASA, curious about our mysterious days as a Department of Defense spy station, or love the beauty of the forest and mountains, this is the tour for you!

  • The tour price covers up to 10 guests, additional guests extra.
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  • 🕰️Tour lasts approximately 2 hours. Available by reservation only, this tour will be private for you and your group alone.
  • A staff member will be available to let you in 10 minutes prior to the start of your tour. Start times vary throughout the year to coincide with sunset.
  • This is a rain or shine tour and will be tailored to weather conditions. No refunds or transfers will be given.

A registration fee may apply to this ticket.

Choose a Date below to book your tour. Don’t see any dates available? Sometimes all of our available tours are sold out. New ones are added each season so check back!


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