Asheville, North Carolina has a little bit of something for everyone. Whether you are passionate about the arts, savor architecture with rich history, live for spending time in the outdoors or are a hardcore foodie, you can follow your bliss in this city tucked away in the Smoky Mountains.
- Surround Yourself with the Majestic Mountains
- Blue Ridge Parkway
While the expansive Blue Ridge Parkway does not run straight through Asheville, visitors have easy access to it because it winds around the city. The Smoky Mountains that border this 469-mile highway on either side are stunning to say the least. One of the best times to drive the Parkway is autumn, when the mountains are bursting with fall colors.
- Witness the Grandeur of the Wealthy
- Biltmore Estate
Rivaling the mountains in sheer scope is the Biltmore Estate, the largest privately-owned home in the United States. You may want to set aside several days to tour the grand estate. In addition to the house, you can tour the gardens, winery and rooftop to see how the wealthy lived at the height of the Gilded Age.
- Taste the Best in Beer
- Local Breweries
Asheville has more breweries per capital than any other city in the country. Naturally, you can expect to find some phenomenal beer here. Highland Brewery Company is perhaps the most popular, but it is hard to find a bad beer in this town. Go where your preferences lead you.
- Unleash Your Inner Gamer
- Asheville Pinball Museum
There is nothing childish about the classic video games and 80-plus pinball machines that populate the Asheville Pinball Museum. Despite their vintage value, visitors can actually play them on an unlimited basis with just the cost of a flat fee admission.
- Tap into Your Artistic Side
- River Arts District
The 22 historical and former warehouse buildings that comprise the River Arts District give you a chance to see art pieces and observe the artists at work – the latter a unique opportunity you do not get often. The 200-plus artists that hone their craft here work in various disciplines including glass, wood, pottery, metal, jewelry and painting.
- A City in Bloom
- North Carolina Arboretum
When you tour the North Carolina Arboretum, you can choose between a leisurely stroll through the lovely gardens or a vigorous workout on the biking and hiking trails. Regardless of which option you prefer, you will encounter a striking collection of plants. Admission to the attraction is free. You will only pay the cost of parking.
- A Novel Landmark
- Thomas Wolfe Memorial
One of Asheville’s most famous residents was novelist Thomas Wolfe. His home served as the inspiration for Dixieland in his acclaimed novel, Look Homeward, Angel. These days, you can get an up close and personal look at the historic home.
- Through the Looking Glass
- Lexington Glassworks
When you visit this combination studio and shop, you can watch as the wares on sale are created. Lexington Glassworks maintains an open-door policy that allows visitors to watch the entire glassblowing process as it occurs. The souvenirs you purchase from this unique operation will be among your most beautiful and unique.
The quirky charm and quiet splendor of Asheville have made it an increasingly popular travel destination. You are guaranteed to have an unforgettable trip when you follow our tips for the best places to visit in the mountain city.
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