Welcome to Asheville,
the Southeast's most vibrant city...
Surrounded by the majesty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this vibrant “small city” is a wonderful contradiction in many ways. Asheville offers everything a big city has but with a small-town sensibility and an engaged community. Known for its creativity, diversity, arts, culinary scene and micro-breweries, Asheville is alive with interesting culture that begs for exploration. The town is surrounded by thousands of acres of national parks, streams and waterfalls, and quaint mountain towns, each with their own character and charm. The area boasts four distinct seasons with the two longest seasons being spring and fall. Summers are cool where you keep a blanket on the bed, and winters mild with the occasional blanketing of snow.
Asheville is contemporary, historic, generational and multicultural, and in the midst of a culinary renaissance with a restaurant scene that surpasses cities many times its size. The Biltmore Estate is the country’s largest family owned fully operational touring property and the most expensive single-family home built at its time. The estate is a great place to welcome each season with a local sampling of the latest vintage from the estate’s winery. The estate has a fantastic summer concert series, and programs and events throughout the year. The N.C. Arboretum designed by renowned architect Frederick Olmsted, has 65 acres of cultivated gardens and 10 miles of hiking and biking trails along with indoor and outdoor exhibits. The Asheville Art Museum features the finest art collection of Western North Carolina artists. And the River Arts District is bustling with working artists in all mediums.
Excitement about Asheville
Asheville was featured as one of TripAdvisor's "15 Best Places to Travel Alone in America."
Travel + Leisure included Asheville as one of the "Top 15 Cities in the United States."
Expedia picked Asheville as one of the "Top-Rated Vacation Destinations in North America."
FlipKey, a TripAdvisor company, featured Asheville as one of the "25 Best Pet-Friendly Vacations In America."
Forbes Travel Guide included Asheville on its list of the "18 Top Destinations of 2018."
CNN Travel highlighted Asheville as one of the "18 Best Places to Visit in 2018."
Airbnb selected Asheville as #1 on its list of "10 Most Hospitable U.S. Cities."
National Geographic Traveler highlighted Asheville as one of the "Top 10 Music Cities in the U.S."
Asheville was listed as one of "Trekaroo's Top Treks for 2018."
National Geographic Traveler named Asheville as one of the "Best U.S. Small Cities for 2018." (January 2018)
TripAdvisor mentioned Asheville as one of the "30 Top USA Cities to Visit in 2018."