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Asheville NC Mountains Travel Guide 2015

Rhododendron at Roan Mountain

Plan your perfect Asheville and North Carolina mountain vacation trip! Browse this 650+ page free online travel guide (with 3,500 photographs) for planning a trip with lifetime memories - whether it's a romantic getaway, adventures with friends or solo retreat. Find tips to save money and time with the most up-to-date information on downtown, Biltmore Estate, Blue Ridge Parkway, lodging, packages, restaurants, art, events and more. We cover a 90-mile radius of Asheville, which includes most of western North Carolina mountains.

Asheville Things to Do: Spring & Summer 2015

Top 40 Spring Events: See our favorite festivals and events for April-May.

Top 50 Summer Festivals: From outdoor art shows to free festivals with live music, there's something for everyone!

Biltmore Blooms: The beautiful festival of flowers features thousands of tulips and spring blossoms at Biltmore.

Blue Ridge Parkway: Plan your adventures with our Top 50 things to do along one of America's most scenic drives.

Swimming Holes: From Sliding Rock to mountain beaches, see our favorite places to take a summer dip.

Lake Glenville: This pristine lake offers beaches, boat rentals, waterfalls, fishing, paddleboarding and more.

Top 25 Coolest Small Towns: Explore these mountain towns near Asheville with plenty of personality, history and things to do.

South Slope District: See what's opening in 2015 in the hottest area in town, just south of downtown.

Pet Friendly: Find dog-loving places to stay and visit.

Top 15 Scenic Drives: See spectacular mountain views, waterfalls and countryside from your windshield.

Food Lover's Dream: Find many farm-to-table restaurants, tour farms and take the WNC Cheese Trail.

Bed & Breakfasts: Romance your honey with comforts of home at luxury B&Bs, experts on pampering and relaxation.

Burke County & Morganton: See our new features on a great area.

Jackson County: So many things to do, includes towns of Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro, Sylva, Balsam, Cullowhee and Sapphire.

Madison County: Hike the Appalachian Trail, raft the French Broad River and soak in the Hot Springs.

• Art & Craft: Discover amazing creations in hundreds of art galleries, River Arts District, 2015 art festivals, shows and tours.

Zipline Canopy Tours: Fly through and above the trees on zip line with professional guides.

Packages & Specials: See a variety of special offers from bed and breakfast inns, hotels and cabin vacation rentals.

Adventure Center of Asheville: Just five minutes from downtown is this outdoor lovers' dream with ziplines, treetop courses, biking and more.

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Downton Abbey at Biltmore

Top 60 Waterfalls

Hiking Trails
Top 60 Hikes

Downtown Asheville
Downtown Asheville

Featured Video: Sliding Rock
Why Vacation in Asheville, North Carolina?
We are not the only ones that think Asheville is a great place to visit. Publications and organizations around the world agree! Recent accolades include:
  • Asheville Chamber of Commerce

    Member - Downtown Asheville Association

    Frommer's' Top 15 Best Places to Go in the World in 2015
  • Top 9 Most Romantic Cities In The South by The Huffington Post 2015
  • Travel + Leisure: Top 20 Most Romantic Fall Getaway
  • USA Today: Top 10 brightest fall foliage destinations around the USA
  • National Geographic's World's Best Cities: Celebrating 220 Great Destinations
  • FlipKey / TripAdvisor: Best Fall East Coast Vacation Spots
  • Travel + Leisure: America's Quirkiest Town
  • Outside Magazine: One of 16 Best Towns in the country for vibrant cultural scenes and outdoor spirit
  • Top 10 Foodie City 2014,
  • USA Today: Best Summer Weekend Escapes
  • Top 10 Friendliest City, by Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Survey
  • Huffington Post: Happiest city on the East Coast
  • Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker
  • Southern Living Magazine: One of the "Tastiest Towns in the South"
  • Fordor's: Best Destination for Fall Foliage on the TODAY Show.
  • Conde Nast Traveler: One of the friendliest places in the world
  • Most Romantic Place in the USA/Canada, Readers' Choice
  • Good Morning America: One of its “Most Beautiful Places in America”
  • Ashville and Blue Ridge Parkway as the #2 best vacation spot
  • Beer City USA
  • Yoga Journal: One of “10 Fantastically Yoga-Friendly Towns”
  • AmericanStyle: Number one small city (population under 100,000) for the arts

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Celebrating our 12th year in 2015, our independent and locally-owned insider's guide is updated weekly. Sign up for our montly E-News for the latest or follow us on Facebook for daily news. We appreciate the support of the Asheville Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau in Buncombe County.


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