Asheville has been named one of the top destination in America for 2017. It is a perfect getaway for some alone time, adventure with family and friends, or some romantic time with your partner. It might be just a small city in North Carolina, but it houses spectacular scenery and exquisite cuisines that will never leave your mind. If you enjoy the outdoors, Asheville has some of these amazing sights to offer. Some of them are;
- Biltmore Estate
This magnificent estate built on an 8000-acre piece of land is simply breathtaking The intricate architecture hosts the 250 room French Renaissance chateau. The lavish surroundings add to the glamour of this house which was built in 1895. The house has 43 bathrooms, 65 fireplaces, an indoor pool and a bowling alley; all under one roof. The grounds of Biltmore Estate also host a winery where you will get to enjoy free wine tasting.
- Appalachian Trail
The trail is 2180 miles which is quite a long distance to walk. This distance spans across 14 states with some miles going as far as the Tennessee border. However, you still get a chance to enjoy the scenery at certain designated points without walking the whole journey. At different points, you will get a view of the stunning Great Smoky Mountains. Hiking can take as long as a week but bear in mind you’ll need permits to hike and camp in some of those areas. The view from the top will make the treacherous climb all worth it.
- Asheville Urban Trail
A great way to get a feel of the city’s architectural and cultural history is to walk this trail. It has 30 stops and is a 1.7-mile-long trail. Each of the stops has a sculpture that represents an important person or event recorded in history. You can take this tour on your own without a guide.
Asheville has more breweries per capita than any other location in the United States. It is the beer capital of the southeast region. The locals and visitors enjoy sampling pints as they take walks along all the different trails available.
- Pisgah National Forest
Pisgah is abuzz with activity and beautiful vistas to enhance your outdoor experience. Waterfalls, nature trails, and swimming holes are a common sight on the expansive grounds of this national forest. It also hosts the first forestry school in the United States and Mississippi river’s highest peak.
- River Arts District
River Arts District is vibrant with activity and possesses a rich cultural background. The previously abandoned houses have been turned to studios along with several other businesses that are on the rise daily. You get to experience artists at work and even carry home souvenirs with you. The ribs and the cold beers as people get to unwind have become a favorite chill spot at the end of the day.
There are some amazing resort hotels in Asheville. The Omni Grove Park Inn has a spa and golf course and a view to die for since it is on a hillside. The view is as good or better than Biltmore’s which is saying something. The Grand Bohemian Hotel is gorgeous on the inside but is in downtown Asheville and doesn’t have the views and the external ambiance.
How to Travel to and Around Asheville
- Road Transport
If you prefer to travel by car, Asheville is accessible from the north and west through 1-23/19A, east and west through 1-40. Southeast through 1-26 and circles the city via 1-240.
- Air Transport
Asheville has a regional Airport well serviced by airlines such as Continental, Delta, US, and United Airways. Once you get to the airport, buses and taxis are available to ferry you off to your desired location. Some hotels offer free transport using airport shuttles so you might have to check with yours upon booking.