Take photo tours of the natural beauty and places to see in Asheville and the surrounding mountains of North Carolina. Find hidden gems and get plenty of ideas of things to do. We share our favorite photo spots with you!
Take some great selfies in Asheville and the NC mountains! See our favorite spots to capture yourself to create lifetime memories. Also see our Top 20 Romantic Outings for more ideas of places to go.
Fall color along the Blue Ridge Parkway brings leaf-lookers from around the world. The color show begins on the high ridges in early October and slowly progresses to the lowest valleys by early November. See our Fall Color Guide to plan your trip.
Take a waterfall tour on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. You can visit a variety waterfalls on or near the Parkway near Asheville. Our tour starts north and heads south with stops along the Parkway or via short detour.
Take a snowy tour of Biltmore Estate that turns into a Winter Wonderland a few days each year.
See the winter wonderland beauty created by a fresh snow in the North Carolina mountains near Asheville.
As historic Hurricane Sandy went up the east coast in 2012, it received the nickname "Frankenstorm" since it occurred right before Halloween. This rare October snow storm in western North Carolina brought blizzard conditions at elevations above 5,000 feet elevation with up to 20 inches of snow.
Get a bird's-eye view of the mountain scenery from above the Blue Ridge Parkway, downtown Asheville and Biltmore House. Our early October flight also caught the beginning of the fall color. Enjoy these aerial photos!
Take a tour of the waterfalls and trails for biking, hiking and horseback riding at DuPont State Forest.
Take a tour of downtown Asheville with many things to do, restaurants, festivals, street entertainers and beautiful architecture and parks.
See the blooms and beauty throughout the year in the gardens at Biltmore Estate.
Take a tour inside Biltmore House decorated for Christmas. The extravagant celebration includes 50+ Christmas trees, including the towering 35-foot Fraser fir in the Banquet Hall, 1,000 poinsettias, and miles of garland.
See 10 waterfalls near Asheville wrapped in fall color with links to guides so you know how and when to visit! Most have best color in mid October and are free to visit.
See 10 great spots in the North Carolina mountains for beautiful fall color near Asheville. All are free to visit!
See our favorite things to do in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the North Carolina side near Asheville, including waterfalls, hikes, elk, scenic drives and historic sites.
Discover 10 waterfalls in the North Carolina mountains near Asheville that are easy to enjoy! They are either roadside or just a short walk from the car. For many other waterfalls that require a hike to see, go to our Waterfalls Guide.
Check out our Top 10 Hikes near Asheville that rewards you with amazing mountain views. All are located in the national forests and parks in western North Carolina, and they are all free to enjoy. For more info on each, see our Top 10 Hikes directory.
Plan a trip on our Top 15 Scenic Drives in the North Carolina mountains near Asheville.
See photos of our Top 10 Swimming Holes in the mountains near Asheville, North Carolina, including popular Sliding Rock.
See the seasons at Biltmore Estate in Asheville. From the winter snow to the fall color, with spring and summer flowers in between, nature's beauty is showcased every day. Click here to see our complete Biltmore insider's guide!
See our 15 favorite things to do along the Blue Ridge Parkway in the North Carolina mountains near Asheville. See our Blue Ridge Parkway guide for complete details.