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High Falls

A Day Trip to DuPont

“Hunger Games” setting offers amazing waterfalls, lakes, and trails Less than an hour’s drive south of Asheville between Hendersonville and Brevard, drop-dead gorgeous DuPont State Recreational Forest is a wonderful day trip if you enjoy waterfalls, easy trail access, and beautiful scenery—and who doesn’t? Some 84 miles of well-marked and maintained trails offer easy

Picnic at Richland Balsam

One Trip, Two or More Generations

Make the Most of the Multigenerational Getaway In search of the perfect family-friendly vacation destination for kids, parents and grandparents? Look no further. Asheville has something fun and enjoyable for everyone, regardless of age. Visitors have been flocking to Asheville since the 1880s when railroad companies transformed it from a wilderness outpost to a destination for those in search of

Couple hiking at waterfall

Great Ideas for First Time Hikers

Take the Easy Path to Mountain Beauty Asheville is an outdoor lover’s paradise, in large measure because of its many scenic hiking trails. Enthusiasts come from far and wide to explore the Blue Ridge Mountains. However, you don’t have to be a seasoned hiker to enjoy what nature has to offer. Whether you are beginner or simply want an easy nature jaunt suitable for the entire family,

Looking Glass Rock with wildflowers

Doing Pisgah Perfectly

A Fun-Filled Day in Pisgah National Forest The Pisgah National Forest is home to mile-high peaks, countless waterfalls, rushing rivers, endless trails and rich forests covering a mind-boggling half million acres. This vast preserve reaches north and west of Asheville and includes the first tract of land purchased under the Weeks Act of 1911 that led to the creation of national forests in the

Antique Car Museum at Grovewood Village

Walk On the Weird Side: Asheville's Quirkiest Museum Collections

From Vintage to Creepy, These Aren't Your Typical Exhibits Looking for a walk on the whimsical side? Take a look at some of Asheville's  most pleasantly peculiar museums: Asheville Pinball Museum, downtown Asheville Party like it's 1979 as you play over 30 pinball machines ranging in year of origin from 1960 to 2003. Pay one admission, but play as much as you like.  Nine Inch

Waterfall

11 Waterfalls Near Asheville, NC

Waterfalls for All Occasions With hundreds of beautiful cascades near Asheville, where do you begin? Here’s a quick sampler to get you started. These 11 locations represent a diverse range of options, so there’s something for everyone.   Tallest: Upper Whitewater Falls Walk a quarter-mile paved trail (accessible for wheelchairs or scooters) to see the mighty Upper

Wai Mauna SUP Tour

Adventures on the Third Oldest River in the World

Things to do and see on Asheville’s French Broad River Asheville’s vibrant urban scene, gorgeous mountains, and cultural treasures may be what draws so many visitors to the area, but the French Broad River is arguably what allowed all these things to emerge. The river that flows through Asheville helped shape the Appalachian Mountains. The river runs from south to north (a little

Parkway Tunnel with Rhododendron

Asheville Under $100: Do It All the Budget-Savvy Way

Your Guide to a Wallet-Friendly Weekend Asheville is well known for its splurge-worthy attractions and high-end culinary experiences, but there are just as many options for anyone seeking an affordable getaway to the mountains. Explore everything Asheville has to offer with a weekend itinerary that delivers on experience, but won’t break the bank. Friday 1 p.m. – Lunch at 12 Bones

Two men riding bikes along the greenway in Asheville

Six Biking Adventures in Asheville

As one of the countries top mountain bike destinations alongside hundreds of miles of road biking, there is no better way to explore Asheville than on two wheels. Here's a list of places and local businesses that can help you on your way. 1. Flying Bike Tours Enjoy a tour of Asheville on these e-bikes. Geared toward: Anyone who wants to explore Asheville on two wheels!  These

Christmas at Biltmore 2017

Christmas at Biltmore Estate

America’s largest home transforms each holiday season for an awe-inspiring tradition in Asheville, N.C. that dates back more than 120 years. 2023-2024 Christmas at Biltmore Dates: Nov. 3, 2023-Jan. 7, 2024 Welcome the holiday season in style with Christmas at Biltmore -- a two-month holiday celebration featuring incredible decorations, live music and special