We were planning to head to an East Coast destination and there could be nothing more exciting than Asheville, North Carolina! This is a calm and quiet town with the pleasant bustle of the tourists and the locals on bikes. The vibrant culture and the enthralling artwork of the town will leave you smitten by them. We can plan your perfect weekend tour to Asheville that is going to render you with a sense of relaxation and thrill. Here is a list of things that you can do in Asheville. So shall we go and have a look at it?
1. Mountain biking
If you seek adventure amidst the serenity of the town then you have to embark upon the journey on the bike to the nearby hills. This will indeed turn out to be an exhilarating trip in North Carolina with a crafted beer that you can halt midway through the journey.
If you are seeking some adventure on a trip then this is a strenuous and rather challenging trail with 12 miles distance. Situated east of Mississippi, Mt Mitchell is flooded by the presence of enthusiast hikers. But the breathtaking view you encounter at the top will sway you off your feet.
Located southeast of Ashville, the DuPont forest is flooded with greenery and scenic views. If you are confused about your hiking trail then perhaps one into the forest is not a bad idea! Plus, the view of the waterfall is a bonus point you get.
If you are in Asheville, North Carolina, you never run out of options, for example, the Appalachian Trail is a wonderful hiking path that will refresh your mind completely. Situated at the North Carolina and Tennessee border. Get into your jogger boots and head out.
We have come up with the blue ridge parkway which is another excellent trail road for hikers in North Carolina! Wonderful and flooded with natural beauty, the road takes you through paradise, and such an excellent one indeed.
This entire hike road extends from the mountain to the sea which gives you the best of both! Covering a distance of a total of 1175 miles from the Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks, it runs through Asheville and you should check it out.
There are ample hills in North Carolina and Asheville which provide you the opportunity to rock climb! You can spend one of your weekends trying out something as fun and exciting as this one during your stay here.
The French Broad River is nearby and hence you can get the best of boat rides and water activities to keep yourself refreshed during the holidays. From paddle boating to whitewater adventures, you can enjoy them all with your family and kids. Kayaking is also done here.
The presence of Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests provides one with the opportunity to enjoy camping whenever they want. The greenery around will rather compel you to embark on a camping tour with your kids. There are a total of eight campgrounds on the Blue Ridge Pathway which are ideal for hiking and camping with your friends. Apart from that, there are Linville Falls, Crabtree Falls, and Mount Pisgah which are accessible from Asheville.
The North Carolina State Park also has space reserved for camping. Hence you will never run out of options when you are selecting different venues for setting up your camp.
If you are rather looking for the attractions of the town after you are done with camping then the first to follow the list is the Biltmore Estate which spreads over 7000 acres of land that houses the giant mansion. The age-old furniture and the vintage decor of the largest private residence in the USA surrounded by a garden are simply mind-blowing. You can explore the adjoining winery or grab some snacks at the restaurant nearby. The garden with seasonal bloom is a delightful sight to encounter.
It is time for you to indulge in some art and culture of the town. The River Arts District is home to more than 200 artists. The town overlooks the French Broad River and there are several galleries here to admire the local craftsmanship.
Here is another part of the town which is full of galleries! There are 25 galleries in total and it is impossible to visit all of them in a day. This is an excellent place if you take interest in artwork to spend your time in Asheville.
Situated along the Blue Ridge Parkway, this is a gallery for the display of excellent art and craftwork. You can hike up to the spot to have a look at the wide display of gorgeous handmade items from the local artisans in town! You can even acquire one for yourself from the store in the gallery as a memento.
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There are several museums in town like the art museum, Science Museum and Ashville State Museum, and so on! If you are looking for something interesting to do on Sunday and you like to dwell in the pages of history then these museums are perfect.
You will be delighted to come across a bookstore which is also a coffee shop and at the same time a bar to enjoy a glass of beer! The triple purpose of the old bookstore makes it a splendid location in town where all the locals as well as the tourists flock together.
If you are in town then you need to know about the best food and drinking joints, isn't it? We have the White Duck Taco Shop which is famous for its exceptional tacos and local brews. The outdoor seating arrangement gives it a refreshing ambiance too.
We loved the ambiance and aura of the Wedge Studio which is located in the heart of the town. The outdoor setup and the simple arrangements are something that will catch your attention along with one of the best tacos in the world.
If you are looking for a lively brewery then the CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective which was initially called the Lexington Ave Brewery is an extraordinary spot indeed. Bread is their specialty.
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There is no place better than the Over Easy Cafe for grabbing your breakfast in the morning. The food tastes delicious and it is a great way to begin your day! And this way you can even support the locals in their businesses and livelihood.
Desserts to the bottle of beer! You will find everything right here at the French Broad Chocolate Lounge. There is wine, coffee, tea, and chocolate that you can enjoy here, and indulge in the world of desserts to your heart's content.
Highland Brewing is located in a part of the town that provides the best view of the mountains! You can enjoy your can of chill beer as well as catch up on lively music with Highland Brewing which is the talk of the town.
If you are a true fan of beer then the Wicked Weed Funkatorium is one of the best options to explore! From the flavor of the crafted beer to the dreamy ambiance, everything is top-notch here. So what are you waiting for? Get there already!
You will be intrigued to learn about this coffee shop! It is a coffee parlor which is situated inside a double-decker bus! So this is literally the coffee shop on the move. It is indeed a very place where you can hop in for your evening delights.
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Situated just outside the Pisgah National Forest, the Oskar Blue Brewery is the ideal place to rest after you are done hiking in the hills. This is an excellent place where you can satiate your hungry stomach after a long bike trip into the forest.
1. What is the main attraction of Asheville?
The wonderful architectural display and the rich artwork legacy of the town draw visitors to Asheville.
2. What can you do in a day in Asheville?
Witness everything that is to be seen at Biltmore followed by hiking at the Blue Ridge Parkway. Do not forget to visit the Pisgah National Forest.
3. Which is the best time of the year when you can visit Asheville?
The ideal period extends from March to May and then from September to November when you can make the most of your trip.
4. Can you visit Biltmore House for free?
No, it is not possible for you to enter the Biltmore House without a ticket. Unless you know a Biltmore Annual Passholder, you have to pay for the tickets.
5. How many days are needed in Asheville?
You will need approximately two to three days to cover the entire town of Asheville.
Asheville also renamed the "Paris of the South" is a wonderful place that offers a view of breathtaking architectural displays. The arresting view of the hills and the Art Deco buildings are simply so incredible.