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AshevilleUnited States of America

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

Asheville

Downtown Asheville

4.5/5Wonderful!(969 area reviews)

Travelers to Downtown Asheville praise its popular shops. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to make a stop by The Orange Peel and Pack Square.

Downtown Asheville
If you’re in Asheville definitely check out White Labs! They’re a company specializing in yeast and sell to many of the top breweries. They opened a restaurant and their menu is full of all sorts of delicious foods and drinks that are made from...their yeasts! #trovember #asheville #food

Kenilworth

4/5Very Good!(211 area reviews)

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Kenilworth and surrounding area, you can visit The Orange Peel and Biltmore Village.

Kenilworth
This photo was taken from the window of a room in the Biltmore Village Hotel. The hotel and staff were fantastic and the estate grounds are beautiful. The grounds are huge so make sure you give yourself at least four days if you want to see them all. All the restaurants on the estate are "farm to table" and the winery offers free tastings. #BvSApplication

Historic Montford

5/5Exceptional!(34 area reviews)

While Historic Montford might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like The Orange Peel and Pack Square.

Historic Montford
Big Bald on the Appalachian Trail.

Wolf Laurel

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

If you're spending some time in Wolf Laurel, Wolf Ridge Ski Resort and Big Bald are top sights worth seeing.

Wolf Laurel
Great place to visit and eat even if you aren't staying there. Amazing fireplaces inside made of giant boulders.

Grove Park- Sunset

4.5/5Wonderful!(66 area reviews)

While visiting Grove Park- Sunset, you might make a stop by sights like Grove Park Country Club and Grovewood Gallery.

Grove Park- Sunset
#localgem hidden rock picnic tables.

Biltmore Park

Though Biltmore Park might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Biltmore Park Town Square and Biltmore Estate.

Biltmore Park

Top Hotels in Asheville

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Omni Grove Park Inn
The Omni Grove Park Inn
4 out of 5
290 Macon Avenue, Asheville, NC
The price is $249 per night

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! (969 reviews)

"Everything was great! Just make reservations for dinner weeks in advance!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

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 $89 per night

Situated in Asheville, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Fine Arts Theatre, The Orange Peel, and Biltmore Village. Blue Ridge National Heritage Area and Beaver ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,762 reviews)

"Nice hotel in a nice location. Front desk staff were friendly and very helpful. Will definitely stay here again if I visit Asheville."…"

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2020

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Asheville Downtown Tunnel Road, NC
Hyatt Place Asheville/Downtown
Hyatt Place Asheville/Downtown
3 out of 5
199 Haywood St, Asheville, NC
The price is $127 per night

Located in Downtown Asheville, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Basilica of Saint Lawrence, and Grove Arcade. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (969 reviews)

"Nice, clean, friendly staff. Located downtown. Nice indoor pool"…"

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2020

Hyatt Place Asheville/Downtown

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.

Popular places to visit in Asheville

Biltmore Estate
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Biltmore Estate

5/5(1,849 reviews)

Wander through gardens and lush grounds, tour the grand mansion and learn about the history of this opulent estate in Asheville, North Carolina.

The Orange Peel
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The Orange Peel

4.5/5(158 reviews)

The Orange Peel is just one of the places to see in Asheville, so why not enjoy the other things to explore during your travels? Experience the area's great live music and acclaimed theater scene.

Lake Lure
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Lake Lure

4.5/5(390 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Lake Lure, a popular spot to commune with nature in Lake Lure. While you're in the area, stroll along the lakeside.

DuPont State Forest
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DuPont State Forest

4.5/5(275 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to DuPont State Forest, a popular green space in Asheville. Discover the area's mountain views and waterfalls.

University of North Carolina at Asheville
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University of North Carolina at Asheville

4.5/5(190 reviews)

Explore the campus of University of North Carolina at Asheville, a top college in Asheville. Amble around the area's picturesque gardens or seek out the local tours.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

5/5(369 reviews)

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is one of the more well-known attractions to visit during your trip to Fletcher. Experience the area's great live music and acclaimed art scene.

Top things to do in Asheville

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest, North Carolina
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest, North Carolina

$10
Per adult
Asheville Terrors Walking Ghost Tour
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Asheville Terrors Walking Ghost Tour

$21
Per adult
Urban Adventure Quest - Asheville
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Urban Adventure Quest - Asheville

$19
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of North Carolina
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of North Carolina

$20
Per adult
Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of North Carolina
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Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of North Carolina

$10
Per adult
Adventure Brews Cruise Brewery Tours in Asheville 1-5 Breweries of your choice
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Adventure Brews Cruise Brewery Tours in Asheville 1-5 Breweries of your choice

$1,013
Per adult

Reviews of Asheville

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 29, 2020

I’ll be back

2/5 - Disappointing

Traveller

May 10, 2020

Very disappointed

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 3, 2020

Asheville is one of our favorite places

4/5 - Good

Shelly

Apr 10, 2020

Small charming city. Lots of good restaurants. Wish I'd had time to hike--excellent trails in the area.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 18, 2020

Great city! Reminds me of a East- Boulder. The same kind of town and feel.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

We love it here

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