8 Places Everyone Should Visit in Asheville
Asheville is a wonderful place to visit. Whether you love the outdoors or the city, Asheville has something for just about everyone. In fact, there are so many things to do and see, the question isn't if there is anything to do, but how to choose the best activities in the time you have. This week we have suggestions for eight of the best things to do and see in the Asheville area. We think you'll agree there is something to make everyone on your trip happy on this list!
1. Discover the Blue Ridge Parkway
A trip to Western North Carolina is not complete without experiencing one of America's favorite scenic drives. The Blue Ridge Parkway meanders for 469 miles and allows for stunning views of majestic mountains and miles of scenic pastoral landscapes. Take some time out for the family to drive, relax, and explore. From hiking to scenic overlooks there is plenty to see and do on the parkway.
2. Explore the French Broad River
The French Broad River runs through Asheville west of downtown, providing a scenic, calm-water escape from the city. One of the more idyllic stretches cuts through Biltmore Estate with views of the grand house on the hillside and pristine, forested riverbanks. Closer to the heart of town, you can float up to the River Arts District to relax at a local brewery and cruise the art galleries. Multiple outfitters in town can assist with river excursions.
3. River Arts District
If you love the arts, then we have the perfect thing for you. Located in West Asheville, you'll find the River Arts District which is a great place to explore and see the local talent. There are over 185 artists in 25 buildings! Some artists will even show you how they create their art. On the second Saturday of the month, there are a ton of fun art demonstrations. So come out if you happen to be in town!
4. Discover Asheville's Urban Trail
This suggestion actually includes several places, and this trail is a must-see. The 1.7-mile self-guided journey through Asheville’s downtown streets will reveal a whole other side Asheville you didn’t know existed. The tour was created by the city of Asheville in order to show off more public art and now encompasses a lot of Asheville’s history as well. You can bike, walk, or scooter your way around the Urban Trail.
5. Hike Graveyard Fields
Is there anything better than hiking in the mountains surrounding Asheville? The Graveyard Fields is a favorite hiking spot that is great for all ages and abilities. It got its name from tree stumps that resembled gravestones. You'll enjoy open fields, mountain laurel, and rhododendron on your hike. Along a couple of the trail spurs you can even discover a few waterfalls! The best part is that the hike is free.
6. Jam In The Drum Circle
Every Friday night during the warmer months, Asheville’s downtown Pritchard Park becomes a huge open-air session of drummers from all over the area. Kids and adults alike love spinning, dancing, and twirling the evening away to the rhythmic sounds of the drums. The drumming starts off usually around 5 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m.
7. Sit Atop Mt. Mitchell
At 6,684 feet, Mt. Mitchell is the highest mountain east of the Mississippi River. You can either hike or drive to the summit of the mountain. To get there, travel northbound on the Blue Ridge Parkway from Asheville and visit Mount Mitchell State Park. The park has a must-see museum open from May through October. Here, you can learn about the mountain’s natural and cultural history, including the effort by scholar Elisha Mitchell in the 1850s to prove the peak’s standing as the tallest. It is also the perfect retreat on a hot day as temperatures at the summit are almost always cool and balmy.
Few things are as majestic as a waterfall in the North Carolina mountains. For decades visitors have enjoyed hiking the mountain trails around Asheville in search of the perfect waterfall. Whether you are looking for a secluded spot to take the perfect photo or just looking to stretch your legs on the Blue Ridge Parkway, nothing soothes the soul or speaks of the vibrant and rich nature of the mountains like a waterfall. Check out our previous post: Plan Your Asheville Waterfall Adventure to get started.
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