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

Clarion Inn Biltmore Village
Clarion Inn Biltmore Village
2.5 out of 5
234 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville, NC, 28803
The price is $89 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 4
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Asheville. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,308 reviews)
"The hotel itself was fine. Areas for improvement: 1. I'm not sure you can do anything about this, but the road noise is pretty intense. 2. The entry from the highway is not well marked and somewhat dangerous. 3. It would be nice to reduce the amount of single-use plastic in both the room and the ..."

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2022

The Omni Grove Park Inn
The Omni Grove Park Inn
4 out of 5
290 Macon Avenue, Asheville, NC, 28804
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $369 per night from Oct 16 to Oct 17
Stay at this 4-star spa resort in Asheville. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and 5 restaurants. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,003 reviews)
"Great service"

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

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, 28805
The price is $119 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 4
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Asheville. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,595 reviews)
"The most quiet hotel experience I have ever had. Breakfast was very good and all employees were so nice."

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

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Downtown Inn #3- King Room
Downtown Inn #3- King Room
Asheville, NC
Stay at this hotel in Asheville. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a balcony. Popular attractions Biltmore Estate and Grove Arcade are located nearby. Discover ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (7 reviews)
Solid option in Asheville.
"Low-frills, but for the price and the location you cannot beat it."

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

The Pines Cottages
The Pines Cottages
3 out of 5
346 Weaverville Road, Asheville, NC, 28804
Stay at this 3-star cottage in Asheville. Enjoy free WiFi, daily housekeeping, and a garden. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the overall value in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (273 reviews)
"The cottage was very cute and very clean. I will definitely be back hopefully with the kids because I think they would enjoy it. It was closer to the road than I was expecting but once you were inside I barely even noticed the traffic outside. We would definitely come back and try a different cottage ..."

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2021

Historic Biltmore Village Cottage
Historic Biltmore Village Cottage
Asheville, NC
Stay at this family-friendly cottage in Asheville. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and an in-room DVD player. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (111 reviews)
Prime location Biltmore Village
"Annual trip to Asheville didn’t disappoint. Great stay in Biltmore Village historic loft. Had a few hiccups but all in all it was truly wonderful."

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2022

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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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