Itineraries

Experience the breathtaking scenery, cool mountain breezes, and captivating urban adventures that make Asheville a place to visit time and again.

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Omni Grove Park Inn Fireplace

Asheville's Undiscovered Season: A Winter Vacation Itinerary

Asheville shines in winter, when calmer never means boring. Sharpen your creative skills with a craft or cooking class, jam to live music, take in some top-notch theater, or hike through the pine-scented woodlands in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Shop for one-of-a-kind treasures, relax your body and soul at one of the unique area spas, and jump into Asheville’s outstanding restaurant

Couple Hiking at Black Balsam at Sunrise

LGBT Asheville: Your Best Bets for Gay-Friendly Travel

Asheville, North Carolina’s progressive attitude, vibrant arts scene, and booming nightlife make this a welcoming city for the LGBTQ traveler. While you won’t find a gay district, or “gayborhood,” you will discover a town with a vibrant gay community that is integrated into every aspect of the city’s culture. Discover the best gay-friendly things to do and

Serafina

From Biltmore to the Forests: Your Guide to the Serafina Experience

Plan an escape that will bring the best-selling novel series to life In the cavernous basement of the Biltmore Estate and in the magical forests surrounding Asheville is a mythical protagonist, 12-year-old Serafina, who has captivated the attention of the nation’s readers. The first chronicle of her daring quest to solve mysteries, Serafina and the Black Cloak , enjoyed an extended stay

Shindig on the Green

Sound Trek: A Music Lover's Guide to Asheville

Tuning Into Asheville's Music Scene Asheville’s known for many things: natural beauty, an historic downtown, craft beer and great food. The local music scene is equally deserving of a top-10 list mention. Though hard to explain, Asheville’s multi-genre, boundary-pushing sound is underscored by its eclecticism. From Appalachian ballads and old-time picking to fierce funk, sultry

GSMNP Sunset

Day Trip: Exploring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Discover the Smokies by Trail, Train or Tube To walk in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is to follow in the footsteps of the Cherokee Indians; living on this land for more than 14,000 years. Because of the great efforts of many , today the 520,000-acre Great Smoky Mountain National Park (GSMNP) is protected forever. And today all of us can stand atop Clingman’s Dome and see the same

Weaverville

Wandering Weaverville: Main Street in the Countryside

Small-Town Shopping & Dining Awaits Just minutes from happening Asheville, small-town America is alive and well on Main Street, Weaverville . The pace of life remains slow and sweet here, surrounded by country roads, spacious farmlands, verdant forests and mountain coves. Arrival by interstate is quick, or you can meander the slow roads. Incorporated in 1909, Weaverville existed as a community

Bboy Santa at Biltmore 2

Dancing Santa

B-boy Santa is back on the scene! He's been spotted showing off mad skills in the streets of Asheville, and he's got more to offer than sweet windmills and backspins. Follow Dancing Santa’s Asheville Itinerary Looking for a fresher, doper getaway for the holiday season? Pack your break-dancing moves and follow in the (dance) steps of Asheville's very own Bboy Santa. A visit

Hunger Games

Hunger Games Itineraries

Experience the Hunger Games: Day Trip Itineraries Go behind the scenes and explore the beautiful mountain locations filmed for The Hunger Games . Follow in the footsteps of your favorite tributes with these day trip itineraries, then retire to Asheville just like the stars did . Hunger Games Interactive Map Use the map below to plan your Hunger Games getaway, or stop by the Asheville Visitors

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

Couple at Craggy Pinnacle

Hiking Craggy Gardens

Blue Ridge Heaven… Just Miles From Town Even after 14 years of living in Asheville, just a glimpse of the Blue Ridge Mountains casts a spell on me. It looks so far away but ahh…it is not. Just a short drive from downtown and I’ll be at Craggy Gardens (Craggy for short) and a soaring 5,892 foot elevation. This is the locals’ favorite spot to head for the hills and get in

Pottery 48 Hr FAM June 2014

From the Earth to the Arts: Get Totally Involved in Asheville

A Hands-On Escape From Your Everyday Life Asheville is a great place to WATCH—the people, the events, the crowds and the changing scenery—but it is an even better place to DO. Visitors explore the natural world, create art and make music. Here’s what can happen in just a day-and-a-half. Into the Woods Meet up at a location given to you the evening before by Alan Muskat and his

Photogenic Hikes on the AT Story: Max Patch

The 5 Most Photogenic Hikes on the AT

Follow the White Blazes to These Picturesque Spots Footpath for the People The Appalachian Trail (AT) is 2,200 miles long and traverses the mountains of NC on the way to its final destination – Maine. The white blaze of the AT marks entrances into hardwood forests, fields of spring wildflowers and spectacular views of autumn’s peak performance and winter’s snowy summits.

Hive of bees

Eat Well, Bee Well: Asheville's Honey Trail

Sweeten Up to Asheville’s Honey Culture Asheville is bee heaven. They buzz through local gardens , orchards and honey festivals and are celebrated throughout town. From restaurants to shopping excursions, bees keep Asheville’s honey culture humming. Honey in the Mountains Golden honey drizzled on biscuits and a glass of sweet tea are the cornerstones of a good Southern meal.

A Day on the Asheville Urban Trail

A Day on the Asheville Urban Trail

Walking through History on Asheville’s Urban Trail 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, walk 1.7 miles to 30 stations, each with a piece of art and

Broken Road Studio in RAD.

How to RAD - A Day in the River Arts District

Living and Learning with the Artists 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 over two decades blossomed into a convergence of art, creativity, commerce, and entertainment fueled by

Beyond Beer Story: Cocktail at Sovereign Remedies

In Asheville, There's More to Imbibe Than Beer

Drink It ALL In Asheville is known for its craft beer scene with its array of breweries, beer festivals and events and even a pubcycle . In fact, Asheville has earned the coveted title of Beer City USA multiple times. But don’t think beer is the only beverage in town. The craft beverage community is dynamic, vibrant, creative and dedicated to making quality drinks of all sorts. From meads

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

Wedge Brewing Couple

Beercation Getaway

Tap Into Asheville’s Beer Scene Asheville offers a dizzying array of beer . From hoppy IPAs to dark stouts, the city’s breweries keep beer flowing like mountain water. With more breweries per capita than anywhere else in the U.S., Asheville was first named Beer City USA in 2009 and has swept the competition almost every year since. Track down the city’s best pints and pours

Indigo Bunting

Outings to Satisfy Your Inner Bird Nerd

Birding Across the Blue Ridge Mountains Flashes of red plumage in the forest canopy and a familiar song - “what-cheer, what-cheer, what-cheer” - signify the presence of a nearby Northern Cardinal. This is an easy bird to recognize, even for a novice bird watcher, but it is only one of nearly 300 bird species to call Asheville, and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains, home. To