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Downtown Asheville Skyline in Fall

Top 10 Ways to Experience Fall in Asheville

As the weather grows cooler, the brisk mountain air paints the leaves of the forest trees in brilliant reds, yellows, and oranges. Given Asheville's climate and the variety of elevations nearby, Asheville enjoys one of the longest and most vibrant fall color seasons in the nation. The first hints of fall arrive in the mountains in early-to-mid September. The fall leaf season often extends well

Sweeping mountain views, great food, and lively music create the vibe in Asheville

50 Things to Do in Asheville

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 flair of this Southern Appalachia getaway, here are 50 ideas to help you see, do, and explore the best Asheville has to offer. #1 Downtown Asheville

Hatchery-Supported Fishing Starts on Saturday

Get Hooked on Guided Fishing Expeditions

Trout, smallmouth bass, and great scenery abound The phrase “gone fishing” typically means goofing off, avoiding responsibility, or just dozing in the shade. Not so for a dedicated group of Asheville-based outdoor guides . For these hardworking sport fishermen, “gone fishing” means long hours of field research: heading into the mountains to explore the region’s nearly

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

Jennifer Pharr Davis with Appalachian Trail marker

Going "Wild" in Asheville on the Appalachian Trail

A Walk in the Woods Asheville is very fortunate to have the Appalachian Trail -- a 2,200-mile route that runs from Maine to Georgia -- go right through our backyard. Some people summit Kilimanjaro for a cathartic one-with-nature (or man vs. nature) experience; some hike the culturally rich Appalachian Trail. Travel writer Bill Bryson wrote a smart, funny account of his own efforts to hike the AT

Rock Climbing at CRP

Climb, Soar and Paddle Around Asheville With a Little Help from Local Guides

Expand Your Comfort Zone With Asheville’s Professional Adventurers Adventure can be intimidating. Asheville guides understand. They're here to help you scale cliffs, navigate rapids, seek out the hard-to-find, scenic waterfalls that attracted you to the region in the first place. These are just a few of the companies working to provide the lessons and advice you need to explore with

Biltmore & Italian Gardens

Visit Biltmore: A True American Treasure

Discover an American fairy tale, complete with a castle. Asheville’s crown jewel, Biltmore , was created by George Vanderbilt in 1895 as a retreat reminiscent of the grand castles and estates of France and Britain. Vanderbilt fell in love with the North Carolina mountains after visiting with his mother in the late 1880s and immediately began acquiring land. By late 1889, he was ready to

Blue Ridge Parkway Tunnel Summer

The Beginning of the Blue Ridge Parkway

The seed was planted for a scenic road through the Blue Ridge Mountains when North Carolina geologist Joseph Hyde Pratt proposed a mountain toll roll stretching from Marion, VA, to Tallulah, GA. World War I halted work on the road, but the idea of a scenic road persisted. The construction of the Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park turned into a serendipitous event when President