Cradled in the center of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains lies stunning Asheville. The city in North Carolina possesses a year-round access to mountaineers and hikers alike to witness their pristine mountains and swooping landscape.
It’s home to the famous Blue Ridge Parkway where you can do an assortment of activities with friends and family such as: hiking, motorcycling, camping and even RV-ing! The route stretches for a whopping 469 miles from North Carolina to Virginia where a variety of diverse plants and animals live.
So why should you visit Asheville North Carolina? Here are 3 short and sweet reasons that will make you put it at the top of your 2019 bucket list.
- Chill Out in Downtown Asheville
First stop on the list is the downtown district in Asheville where you can grab a bite after shopping your heart out. The list is endless for the best restaurants, but one of the best is the Tupelo Honey Café. I highly recommend the Southwestern Omelet to start off your day, paired with a warm cup of coffee or orange juice. When in doubt, always ask a local and I’m sure they’ll be rearing to give you a couple of recommendations. After chowing down, why not visit an independent shop? There are a ton around with independent bookstores to appease the inner bookworm in you. Even if you aren’t a bookwork, they have an assortment of clothing, homemade gifts and outdoor gear to suit all kinds of preferences.
Oh, and don’t forget on Friday evenings, there’s a special performance by the Drum Circle where you are free to drum, dance or simply to view a cross-cultural wonder from 5-8PM in Pritchard Park.
- Explore the Great Outdoors
The phenomenal view from the Blue Ridge Mountains has attracted travelers from all over the world for over a century. A trip to Asheville would simply not be fulfilled without gawking at the vivid scenery and lush green forests. Some of America’s cherished forests reside there like Pisah and Nantahala. Your best bet would be to rent a car and drive on the scenic route that coined the name of “America’s Favorite Drive” and after witnessing the stunning views, you’ll understand why. Also, don’t forget to pack some hiking shoes and extra water bottles for the journey ahead!
- Grab Your Dose of Art at River Arts District
So now you’ve had your fill, you’ve visited the Blue Ridge Mountains (I hope) and now the final destination would be the River Arts District. Nestled on the riverbank of the French Broad, you can spend a carefree afternoon waltzing down the former industrial warehouses that are home to hundreds of artist studios. Pottery, painting, sculpting, you name it and you’ll find it. You can opt to watch a live exhibit or visit a gallery to scavenge for the best trinkets to bring your friends back home.
Asheville possesses a youthful and quirky vibe with some great museums. I highly recommend visiting some of their fine art exhibits at the Asheville Art Museum and maybe even visiting the unique vintage Pinball museum. Or perhaps, the antique car museum would suit your style even more.
To cap off your artful experience, a trip to Asheville wouldn’t be complete without dancing in one of the neighborhood bars. Deemed the “Greatest Music Cities” you’ll find plenty of passionate local and touring musicians busking around. If you’d like more suggestions for places to visit, do check out Asheville visitor center website.
Have an awesome trip!