Asheville, NC

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Artists, gourmets and outdoor enthusiasts will all feel right at home in North Carolina’s “Paris of the South.”

Nestled in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains, Asheville is renowned for its lively arts scene and spectacular offering of outdoor activities. The city is located between the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests. Trek up Mount Pisgah to enjoy the wilderness and gorgeous views. During the fall, the mountainous landscape explodes into a spectrum of colors; many visitors plan their visit around the changing leaves.

Often referred to as “Paris of the South,” Asheville is, at its core, an artists’ colony. A creative spirit pervades the lively community, offering a ceaseless stream of exhibits, concerts and plays. The town has enough restaurants and cafés to satisfy even the most devout food connoisseurs. It is also well-known for its beer production, offering over a dozen craft breweries within walking distance of the downtown.

Stroll down Asheville’s River Arts District to understand why it is called the “San Francisco of the East.” Outdoor performances are a daily occurrence. Sidewalks are peppered with local artists vending their wares. Settle down at an outdoor café along the French Broad River to enjoy the scene. Spend a rainy afternoon in Grove Arcade to browse regional crafts, dine at local eateries and hear live music.

Drive a few minutes outside the downtown to the historic Biltmore Estate. Built by George Vanderbilt II at the turn of the 20th century, it has 250 rooms and takes the title as the largest privately owned home in the U.S. The estate offers guided tours, a winery and luxurious accommodation. Plan for an entire afternoon to explore the house, gardens and grounds; the visit is well worth it. Pre-book a Christmas tour of the beautifully decorated main building.

Visitors can fly into Asheville Regional Airport, which offers direct flights to destinations throughout the U.S. Located 130 miles (190 kilometers) from Charlotte, Asheville can be accessed by car via Interstates 26 or 40. The drive to and from this western North Carolina town spans the Blue Ridge Parkway and is renowned as being one of the most scenic routes in the U.S.

Where to stay in Asheville

GLō Best Western Asheville Tunnel Road
GLō Best Western Asheville Tunnel Road
3 out of 5
509 Tunnel Rd, Asheville, NC
The price is $96 per night from Sep 29 to Sep 29
Situated in Asheville, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Asheville Mall and within 3 mi (5 km) of The Orange Peel and Biltmore Estate. Pack Square is 2.7 mi ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,103 reviews)
"Née modern hotel. Friendly staff near the interstate. Close to a lot of attractions."

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2021

GLō Best Western Asheville Tunnel Road
The Omni Grove Park Inn
The Omni Grove Park Inn
4 out of 5
290 Macon Avenue, Asheville, NC
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $359 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
This family-friendly Asheville resort is located in the mountains, within 3 mi (5 km) of University of North Carolina at Asheville, Thomas Wolfe Memorial and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (980 reviews)
"Historic property with lots of charm and character. Rooms were a little small and the bathroom was tiny and challenging to use. Value was poor for the money. Rooms are extremely overpriced and then they nickel and dime you with extra fees, such as parking and “resort” fee. Desk clerk tried to up ..."

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2021

The Omni Grove Park Inn
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Asheville Downtown Tunnel Road, NC
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Asheville Downtown Tunnel Road, NC
3 out of 5
199 Tunnel Rd, Asheville, NC
The price is $104 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
Situated in Asheville, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Fine Arts Theatre, The Orange Peel, and Biltmore Estate. Blue Ridge National Heritage Area and Beaver ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,653 reviews)
"Very clean. Very courteous staff."

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Asheville Downtown Tunnel Road, NC
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Home2 Suites by Hilton Asheville Biltmore Village
Home2 Suites by Hilton Asheville Biltmore Village
3 out of 5
61 Thompson Street, Asheville, NC
The price is $162 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Situated in Asheville, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cathedral Of All Souls and Biltmore Estate. The Orange Peel and Pack Square are also within 3 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (166 reviews)
"Pet friendly [I did not bring a pet, but like it]. Walk to Biltmore Village."

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Asheville Biltmore Village
Homewood Suites by Hilton - Asheville
Homewood Suites by Hilton - Asheville
3 out of 5
88 Tunnel Rd, Asheville, NC
The price is $172 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Situated in the mountains, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Asheville Mall and Pack Square. The Orange Peel and Harrah's Cherokee Center - Asheville ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (997 reviews)
"Very clean and convenient for visiting Asheville!"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton - Asheville
The Pines Cottages
The Pines Cottages
3 out of 5
346 Weaverville Road, Asheville, NC
Situated in Asheville, this cottage is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Beaver Lake View Park and 3 mi (4.8 km) from French Broad River. Country Club of Asheville and Grove ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (250 reviews)
"The cottage was super charming. We were very happy with our choice and would return again. It’s a short drive anywhere we wanted to go and you are away from the hustle and bustle of downtown. If a pool, hot tub, gym and the like are important to you this is not the place. It’s a quiet getaway. Comfortable ..."

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

The Pines Cottages
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Asheville

Asheville is served by a public bus network, which connects the whole town and surrounding area as far as the town of Black Mountain to the east. With several hybrid and biodiesel buses, the city is also doing its bit for sustainability. Asheville is also a car-friendly city, and renting one is a great way to get around. The same is true of bicycles, and there are many bike rental shops around town. Visit the Asheville Rides Transit website.Browse Asheville rental cars.

Best time to visit

Asheville enjoys mild weather throughout spring, summer and fall, making the months of March to October ideal times to visit. In July, average temperatures peak at around 85 F (29 C), while this time of year can also be humid, meaning that spring and fall can be better times to visit. That way you can also enjoy the attractive spring blooms and the beautiful fall colors, and avoid summer crowds.

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