The Best Budget Friendly Fun in Asheville for the Perfect Day


Having a fun family-friendly vacation doesn't have to cost a fortune. With a little planning,...and reading this post, you too can have a great time in Asheville on a budget. This week we have all the best ways to experience Asheville without breaking the piggy bank. 


Explore the Blue Ridge Parkway

Some of the most breathtaking sights in the United States can be found driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway. There are also plenty of spots to park and have a picnic, with amazing views. Of course, the best part about the parkway is it is free! Grab the camera, pack a picnic and you're on your way to eating lunch with a breathtaking view that your whole family won't soon forget. 


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 there!


Discover Asheville's Urban Trail 

This 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. Need a downtown Asheville vacation home. Click here. 


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.


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. 


See The Movies

Or more like see the movie locations of some of the biggest movies. Believe it or not, Asheville and the surrounding area is one of the more popular places to film movies. Movies like the Hunger Games, Last of the Mohicans, Forrest Gump, The Fugitive, The Swan, and many more were filmed at different locations throughout the Asheville area. While not all of those locations are free, many places in the DuPont National Forest or the Henry River Mill Village area are free.




Visit Black Mountain 

Black Mountain is nationally recognized for arts, crafts, furniture, and music. It is currently home to over 200 businesses, including restaurants, specialty shops, and local  breweries. The surrounding mountains offer walking, hiking, biking trails, greenways, camping, trout fishing, lakes, and nearby waterfalls. This is the perfect place to take a short day-trip while visiting Asheville. 


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. 


Botanical Gardens At Asheville

This 10-acre wooded area in the heart of Asheville, the Botanical Gardens, features some 600 species of Appalachian wildflowers, flowering shrubs, and flowering trees. A gentle half-mile trail meanders through the property. The garden property includes a gift shop and a 1,000-volume botanical library. Admission is free and there are often classes and workshops. Don't forget to check out the annual spring and fall plant sales. There are also several events throughout the year that you won't want to miss. 


Of course, you can't have a fantastic Asheville vacation unless you book your perfect Asheville vacation rental. Luckily we have all the best homes for you to choose from. From large homes for a big gathering to smaller vacation rentals for romantic getaways. Either way, we have you covered. Just give us a call at 888-861-9487 or book online. 

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