About Asheville

Known as an art colony, a healing resort and a home to notable luminaries, statesmen and bohemians, Asheville is one of the most welcoming, vibrant cities in America.

Asheville: Edgy, Artsy & Inviting

Asheville is that type of unique, special place that lingers sweetly in your mind and memories for years to come. The city's rich architectural legacy with its mix of Art Deco, Beaux Arts and Neoclassical styles is the perfect retro-urban backdrop to the edgy energy that emanates from the locally owned-shops and art galleries, distinctive restaurants and exciting entertainment venues. 

A bastion of cutting-edge art and technology in the Blue Ridge, the city also prides itself on its fascinating Appalachian past and celebrates this culture with annual events such as Shindig on the Green. While many cities underwent major overhauls in past decades, Asheville's historic and architecturally diverse downtown remains beautifully preserved.

There's something special about Asheville, and the world is just beginning to discover it. This thriving mountain city features a funky and eclectic downtown, 30-plus art galleries downtown alone, a burgeoning culinary scene, a thriving live music scene and, of course, the awe-inspiring scenery of the Appalachian Mountains.

Asheville is the ultimate playground, with a wide diversity of outdoor adventures and the ideal destination for an active and healthy getaway.

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  • Sunrise over the mountains illuminates a field of wildflowers near Asheville.
    by Asheville Insider

    The landscape of the southern Appalachians, the oldest mountains in the world, is rich in biodiversity, offering you an opportunity to discover flora not found anywhere else in the world. In Asheville, seasonal favorites like daffodils, tulips and … read more

  • NC Arboretum
    by Nan Chase

    Asheville's scenic natural landscape is a mecca for all things green, with its favorable climate and diverse citizens instilled with a passion and respect for the land. From elegant grand estates to fun-meets-funky, this farm-to-table town is … read more

  • Grayline Asheville Trolley Tours
    by Cat Kessler

    For first-time visitors, or for seasoned travelers looking to dive a bit deeper, city tours can be a great way to get to know Asheville. And like everything else, many of Asheville's city tours are just a little bit different. Check out these … read more

  • Rhododendron in bloom at Craggy Gardens near Asheville
    by Mark File

    The lush forests and temperate weather of our mountains create a mind-boggling kaleidoscope of flowering plants. And many of them cannot be found anywhere else in the world! Here are some of my favorite spots for eye-popping blossoming beauties. … read more

  • A statue of Olmstead lives at the NC Arboretum in Asheville
    by Janet Moore

    He designed New York’s Central Park and Prospect Park; the city of Pinehurst, North Carolina, the landscape surrounding the U.S. Capitol. He pioneered not only landscape architecture but also conservation in America, and there are few places … read more

  • Biltmore Blooms Walled Garden
    by Cat Kessler

    Welcome spring in high style with more than 130,000 flowers, blooming in gardens fit for a Vanderbilt. At Biltmore Blooms, the estate's annual festival of flowers, the color and fragrance of orchids and thousands of spring bulbs steal the show. … read more