Iconic Asheville

Explore Asheville’s historic landmarks, cultural arts, and breathtaking natural beauty, all which continue to entice and enchant visitors year after year.

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Home of the Highest, Oldest Peaks

by Jack Igelman
The Cherokee called the mountain Tanawha, meaning Great Hawk…

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The Colors of Grandfather

October 3, 2015 to October 18, 2015
1 p.m. Each Saturday and Sunday
Cost: Included with park admission.

Grand Slam Your Instagram: 15 Great Asheville Selfie Spots

by Jennifer Saylor
Light up your Instagram with our recommended Asheville…

  • by Joanne O'Sullivan

    Thousands of miles of trails twist, meander, dip and climb through the peaks and valleys around Asheville. In this world-class hiking destination, you can take your pick from peaceful hikes along mountain streams and technical scrambles up steep … read more

  • by Cat Kessler

    Enthusiasts of Appalachian music are likely familiar with the whimsical sounds of dulcimers, instruments that have a rich legacy tied to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Jerry Read Smith, a local craftsman who has made more than 8,000 musical instruments, … read more

  • by Del Holston

    It's no question that some of the world's oldest mountains offer some of the best vantage points to watch the sun drop below the peaks in a splash of color. In an online poll, fans of Asheville, N.C. nominated their favorite places to watch the sun … read more

  • by Mark File

    Asheville loves to do things differently. So it’s fitting the city’s history museum is outdoors along the sidewalks of downtown . Take a self-guided “scavenger hunt” to learn about tidbits of Asheville’s fascinating past . With the help of a map, … read more

  • by Cat Kessler

    Beginning in mid-July, the phone begins to ring at the Asheville Visitor Center with travelers asking about the upcoming fall color season. Will the fall leaf color be "good" this year? When will peak color arrive in Asheville? When should I book my … read more

  • by Larry Bleiberg

    When Peter Levitov blows into his homemade didgeridoo, an ethereal throbbing sound from the Australian aboriginal instrument echoes through downtown Asheville . A moment later, a percussionist lays down a rhythm on a hand drum, and a saxophone player … read more

  • by Constance E. Richards

    Asheville’s River Arts District (RAD) is a destination that grew out of necessity. Artists needed cheap rent and large spaces. An industrial zone east of the railroad tracks had a glut of aging and empty warehouses. The area was ripe for change, and … read more

  • by Elizabeth Sims

    Musical roots grow very deep in the mountains. The ground is melodiously fertile, and music thrives here. Listen closely and you’ll hear a fiddle at dusk down a long mountain cove. Hear the tap-tapa-tap of young mountain cloggers in Pack Square Park … read more