Asheville Perfect Weekend Getaway

40 Ideas for Perfect Mountain Getaways

Looking for ideas for a weekend escape to Asheville and the mountains? Since there are so many things to do and everyone has a different vision of the "perfect" getaway, here are 40 ideas to help you plan your trip (cottage above is at High Hampton Inn in Cashiers):

Hiking & Outdoor Adventures

  • Take a hike to fully appreciate the outdoor splendor of the North Carolina mountains. There are trails for all fitness levels, ranging from multi-day treks on the Appalachian Trail to short strolls in Nantahala National Forest. See our Top Hikes for plenty of choices.
  • Take a zip line canopy tour and soar like an eagle through and above the trees
  • Go whitewater rafting down one of our many rivers.
  • Bring your mountain bike (or rent one) to explore a huge network of trails.
  • Go fishing with a guide in a mountain river or beautiful lake.
  • See waterfalls below!

Waterfalls & Swimming Holes

Mountain Scenery Windshield Tour

  • Take a leisurely journey on one of our Sweet 16 Scenic Drives.
  • Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway, “America’s Favorite Drive".Since there is 170 miles in the Asheville area, this could fill up a weekend quickly. Slow down to enjoy a leisurely drive with many scenic overlooks and attractions along the way.
  • Drive to the top of Mt. Mitchell the highest mountain in the eastern United States. See the views from the observation deck and walk through Alpine forests.
  • Enjoy waterfalls from the roadside, including Looking Glass Falls near Brevard and Dry Falls near Highlands (and drive behind Bridal Veil Falls).
  • All aboard for a scenic train excursion in the Smokies and along mountain rivers on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad.


  • Exploring all of Biltmore Estate could take days. Allow a half day to tour the house (along with the shops and lunch at Stable Cafe).
  • Stroll through the gardens and Conservatory with blooms during every season.
  • Tour and taste at the Winery, then see the exhibits and shops at Antler Hill Village.
  • Book a second day to explore the outdoors via bikes, hiking, Segways or on the river in a raft or board.
  • Tour other House Museums in the area.
  • Stay in hotel or resort that offers special Biltmore ticket offers or packages.


Food & Drink

Small Town Ramble

Pamper & Relaxation

For many more ideas, see our 300 Things to Do in Asheville and the mountains of North Carolina.

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