Iconic Asheville

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

Asheville: Return Again

Asheville: Return Again

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Mount Mitchell Observation Deck
Home of the Highest, Oldest Peaks

by Jack Igelman
The Cherokee called the mountain Tanawha, meaning Great Hawk or Eagle. While that name may be…

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Asheville Art in the Park
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Asheville Art in the Park

June 11, 2016
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: Free

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Eating Biltmore Instagram Pic
Grand Slam Your Instagram: 15 Great Asheville Selfie Spots

by Jennifer Saylor
Light up your Instagram with our recommended Asheville vacation selfie shots of sunsets, street art,…

  • Couple Hiking
    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

  • Video Thumbnail - youtube - Jerry Read Smith - Making Dulcimers in the Blue Ridge Mountains
    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

  • Biltmore in the Fall at Sunset
    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 … read more

  • A Day on the Asheville Urban Trail
    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 … read more

  • 5 Things You Need to Know About Fall in Asheville
    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 … read more

  • Buskers Downtown Asheville
    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

  • Broken Road Studio in RAD.
    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 … read more

  • Mountain Sounds Story: Drum Circle
    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 … read more