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Great Tours for Fall in Asheville, NC

Fall is a magical time in Asheville. The city and surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains offer one of the longest fall color seasons in the world — giving you ample time to explore! A guided tour can be the perfect way to experience the stunning fall foliage in unique and unforgettable ways. These tours, some of them brand new in 2019, are perfect for experiencing autumn's glory in

Skinny Dip Falls on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, NC

Skinny Dip Falls

A refreshing, easy hike to one of the area's most favorite swimming holes While the name may raise a few eyebrows, Skinny Dip Falls is not a clothing optional waterfall but rather one of the Asheville area's most popular swimming holes for people of all ages. This short and easy hike just off the Blue Ridge Parkway offers a chance to explore a beautiful hardwood forest before reaching a

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11 Places to Eat Ice Cream in Asheville, NC

In a town known for its incredible dining scene, it's no wonder you'll find an array of ice cream shops, creameries and chocolate shops offering up delicious sweet treats sure to cleanse the palate. Imagine how refreshing it would be after a day of Asheville adventure to savor a scoop (or two, or three, or more) of housemade ice cream. In Asheville, you have many options when in search

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4 Surprising Things You Didn't Know About Biltmore

Just three miles from downtown Asheville, you’ll find yourself at the stunning entrance gate of Biltmore, an 8,000-acre estate that is home to America's Largest Home. This 250-room French Renaissance castle boasts 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms and 65 fireplaces. While the sheer magnitude of this architectural gem may be surprising enough, there are even more surprises about Biltmore

Antique Car Museum at Grovewood Village

19 Things to Do on A Rainy Day in Asheville, NC

While Asheville is known as a world-class outdoor adventure destination, you may be surprised by the wealth of indoor activity options at your fingertips when you visit. So, when you see rain pop up in the forecast, don’t despair! There are more than enough adventures on this list to explore until the sun comes out again. 1. Museums In culture-rich Asheville, a growing number of museums

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Insider's Guide to Chow Chow Festival 2019

The inaugural Chow Chow Asheville, a culinary festival and celebration of the region’s creative makers, kicks off September 12-15 in the heart of the city’s downtown Pack Square. Situated in Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Asheville’s culinary scene reflects the diversity of modern Appalachia. Chow chow -- a traditional mountain condiment made with a piquant blend of

The Asheville Museum of Science is a fully-interactive science experience in downtown Asheville, N.C.

Museums in Asheville, N.C.

In a city rich with culture, it's no wonder Asheville is home to a growing number of top-notch museums. From a newly expanded art museum to the opening of a museum celebrating a famous Asheville inventor, you'll find a breadth of unique experiences. These museums are highly-interactive, allowing people of all ages to explore art, history and science hands on. Here's a look at the

A sea of clouds created by weather phenomenon thermal inversion

Experience a Cloud Phenomenon in Asheville, NC

Asheville’s Sea of Clouds The Blue Ridge Mountains are one of the best places in the world to behold a fascinating atmospheric phenomenon. It’s called thermal inversion, where low-lying clouds rest in the mountain valleys and undulate with a wave-like motion. Those fortunate enough to be standing in the right place, at the right time, can watch as these clouds swirl around the valley

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Appalachian Cuisine: Get a Taste of the Mountains in Asheville

Cornbread and beans. Country ham and wild ramps. Apple butter and sorghum. The humble cuisine of the Mountain South offers spoonfuls of heart, soul—and flavor. “Cornbread in Appalachia is both sustenance and communion, nutrition and identity,” writes Asheville-area writer Ronni Lundy in her James Beard Award-winning book Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes . She

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9 Surprising Outdoor Adventures in Asheville, NC

Asheville is an outdoor adventure lover's paradise. The area is home to millions of acres of forests, 40 mountain peaks above 6,000 feet and the world's third oldest river. Here in the Blue Ridge Mountains you will, of course, find favorite outdoor activities such as great hiking, biking and rafting. But Asheville is no ordinary place. Unique and unusual experiences are what the city is

Couple enjoys glasses of wine atop the AC Hotel rooftop balcony.

Best Rooftop Bars in Asheville, NC

Take your Asheville experience to the next level! Discover incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the city skyline from Asheville’s growing selection of unique rooftop bars. With 11 rooftop bars (nine in the downtown alone), Asheville makes it easy for you to feel on top of the world in the "Land of Sky." The Best Rooftop Bars in Asheville Antidote ​Antidote is a

A couple enjoys the beautiful views from Green Man Brewing in Asheville, NC

Top Things to Do in Asheville's South Slope District

Just blocks from the heart of downtown Asheville you’ll find a vibrant, walkable neighborhood home to many of the city’s top makers. Artists, chefs and brewers have all set up shop in the South Slope District, breathing new life into the warehouses of this former industrial stronghold. Colorful murals beckon you to explore the area’s art galleries, award winning restaurants

LEAF Festival

The Top Events in Black Mountain, NC

Black Mountain, a small town only 15 miles east of Asheville, is home to a robust lineup of annual events. These popular festivals and gatherings showcase the lively culture of Black Mountain and attract big names in the world of art and music. Here’s a list of the top events Black Mountain has to offer throughout the year in chronological order. Black Mountain Marathon and Mount Mitchell

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The Top 10 Things to Do in Black Mountain, NC

Readers of Trip Advisor named Black Mountain the “prettiest small town in America,” and for good reason. You can easily enjoy gorgeous views of the mountains around every turn and access numerous outdoor adventures within minutes of the downtown area. Here is a look at the top 10 things to do around town! 1. Discover Downtown Black Mountain and Shop the Local Stores The downtown area

Red Panda Exhibit at WNC Nature Center

WNC Nature Center and Wildlife Park in Asheville, NC

Experience wildlife up close with a family-friendly adventure to the WNC Nature Center, located just 10 minutes from downtown Asheville! Among the animals you’ll see are otters, black bears, wolves and a cougar! The 42-acre wildlife park features award-winning exhibits that are home to 60 species of wild and domestic animals and hundreds of species of

A couple watches the sun setting behind the western mountains from atop Craggy Gardens.

The Best Blue Ridge Parkway Hikes in Asheville, NC

The Blue Ridge Parkway is more than a scenic drive. You could call the Parkway the country’s greatest hiking trail head. The Blue Ridge Parkway offers easy access to all kinds of hiking adventures, from short walks to day-long treks. Find your perfect Asheville hiking trail! Use our Asheville Hike Finder to easily filter by distance from downtown, trail length and difficulty level. In the

Santa on the Chimney

Santa on the Chimney at Chimney Rock State Park

2019 Santa on the Chimney Dates: December 7 and December 14 Before traveling the world to climb down chimneys and deliver presents on Christmas, Santa practices in the Asheville area on one of the biggest chimneys of all! The first two Saturdays in December mark Santa on the Chimney, a tradition that gives you and your family the opportunity to watch Santa rappel down the 315-foot granite

Dickens in the Village

Dickens in the Village Festival in Asheville, N.C.

2019 Dickens in the Village Festival: December 6-7 A beautiful historic district in Asheville transforms during the holidays, transporting you back in time to the days of Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol . On the first weekend of December, Historic Biltmore Village takes on new life as a quaint Victorian town for the Old World Dickens in the Village Festival. Biltmore Village is a unique

Graveyard Fields in Fall

Best Fall Hikes Near Asheville, N.C.

Imagine hearing the leaves crunch under your feet as you feast your eyes on the golds, oranges and reds of autumn that surround you. The iconic trails of the Asheville area can be explored during any season but many of these trails in the Blue Ridge Mountains offer a truly special experience in the fall. There are few better ways to soak in the colors of fall foliage than with a hike. Find your