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Highest Peaks

Travel above the tallest trees and lowest clouds for an amazing bird’s eye view atop the highest mountain peaks east of the Mississippi.

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Craggy Gardens Picnic
Super Scenic Picnics with 360-Degree Views

by Mark File
Feed your eyes with spectacular views and your ears with serene sounds of nature with an al fresco…

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Indigo Bunting
Outings to Satisfy Your Inner Bird Nerd

by Del Holston
Flashes of red plumage in the forest canopy and a familiar song - “what-cheer, what-cheer,…

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America's Favorite Drive Package
America's Favorite Drive Package

March 7, 2016 to November 14, 2016
There is simply no place better to see the splendor of spring than the Blue…

  • Downtown Asheville Skyline in Fall
    by Jason Tarr

    As the weather grows cooler, the brisk mountain air paints the leaves of the forest trees in brilliant reds, yellows, and oranges. In the mountains surrounding Asheville, North Carolina, fall color experts are forecasting a longer-than-usual fall … read more

  • Sweeping mountain views, great food, and lively music create the vibe in Asheville
    by Del Holston

    If you’re looking for things to do in Asheville, then consider this list your primer to the many activities available in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Whether you’re a first-time visitor, or perhaps well acquainted with the flare of this … read more

  • What's New 2016 - Header
    by Asheville Insider

    Park celebrations, new hotels, a major exhibit at Biltmore and Grammy winners releasing an Asheville soundtrack—here’s a round-up of what’s hot in Asheville in 2016: National and North Carolina State Parks Mark 100 Years With close … read more

  • Convertible on Parkway
    by Asheville Insider

    You don’t have to travel far from Asheville to become immersed in natural beauty. The topography of the Blue Ridge Mountains lends itself to some of the best scenic drives and awe-inspiring panoramic views you’ll find in the southeast. … read more

  • 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

  • Black-Throated Green Warbler
    by Asheville Insider

    Whether you’re a casual bird watcher or you’re collecting sightings for your Life List, this is a birder’s paradise. Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, Great Blue Herons, and Pileated Woodpeckers are just a few of the 200 birds that … 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

  • Falconry
    by Jacqui Castle

    Fall is a favorite time here in Western North Carolina, when the cooling weather provides ideal conditions for exploring all that this area has to offer. The changing leaves along the Blue Ridge Parkway present a feast for the eyes, and the migration … read more