Top 5 Ways to Cool Down in Asheville This Summer

Mountain towns like Asheville, North Carolina are the place to be to beat the summer heat. There are so many ways to cool down during the peak of the summer season. Here are a few of our favorites. We're hoping they are some of yours, too.

Top 5 Ways to Cool Down in Asheville This Summer:

Cool off in the refreshing waters of Western NC

1. Spend some time in Western North Carolina's brisk and refreshing mountain waters. Kayak down a river, try a whitewater rafting adventure, dip your toes in a mountain stream, seek out a waterfall, or splash around in a local swimming hole. There are endless Asheville water adventures to be had. Speaking of swimming holes, Sliding Rock was recently voted One of America's Best Swimming Holes by Travel + Leisure magazine. Get in line and give it a go. We promise you'll be cooled off in no time.
2. Grab a cold one. Beer joints, pubs, breweries, restaurants and more are part of Asheville's ever growing and always expanding brew culture. Take your pick and sit down for an ice-cold beer on a hot summer day. Craft beer abounds, so you'll have no trouble finding something you like. Go ahead, have another.
Pack Sqaure Park in Asheville NC
3. Find a shady spot. Throw down a blanket under a tree at Pack Square Park. Stop at one of the shaded picnic areas along the Blue Ridge Parkway for a quiet lunch. Take a hike and find your own mountain oasis tucked along a trail. Wherever you are in Asheville or the surrounding Western North Carolina area, there's plenty of respite to be found away from the summer sun. Sit back, relax and take in the views.
4. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. Or perhaps you prefer gelato? What about a homemade ice cream sandwich? Have you ever tried frozen custard? You'll find them all here in Asheville. The Hop and Ultimate Ice Cream are local favorites, and Kilwin's Asheville never disappoints. CinTom's Frozen Custard is worth a taste. Don't neglect the ice cream carts around town. Sunshine Sammie's homemade ice cream sandwiches are sure to please.
Asheville Art Museum
5. Head indoors. Air conditioning is a wonderful thing. Hot summer days are sometimes best spent indoors. Visit the Asheville Art Museum. Shop at the Grove Arcade. Tour the historic Biltmore House. Kick back and enjoy the cool comfort and luxury of your Asheville vacation rental doing whatever it is your heart desires.
This list is a limited one, but we'd love to hear about your favorite way to cool down in Asheville during the summer season. Our comment section is always open. Tell us your top ways to beat the summer heat. We want to know!

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