When you think of Asheville, N.C., what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For many of us, it’s the palatial Biltmore Estate. It is easy to forget that it was the natural splendor of Asheville that inspired the location of America’s largest private home. When you visit Asheville, you’ll witness the abiding beauty that inspired George Washington Vanderbilt to build his Châteauesque mansion here. It’s the perfect outdoor destination for romantic adventurers who enjoy moonlit strolls and whitewater rafting all in the same weekend.
Nestled within the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is the rustic beauty that beckons you to outdoor adventure. Fortunately, it’s easy to reach this city in western North Carolina. Hipmunk.com offers an agony-free tool that allows you to search for cheap flights to Asheville from anywhere in the world.
Once you arrive in Asheville, get around while still enjoying the outdoors. A fun favorite? The Asheville Bike Taxi is an electric pedicab that starts at $5 per person and offers individual rides and tours of historic Asheville.
You can also tour downtown Asheville via vintage trolley.
In Asheville, you can drive without going anywhere in particular. Rent a car and head onto the 469-mile Blue Ridge Highway for postcard-perfect foggy blue vistas. Be sure to bring your camera along!
Staying in Asheville
Although nestled within the mountains, Asheville is anything but a sleepy town. Asheville offers great hotels at great prices. Go here to search for cheap hotels in Asheville with special discount rates of up to 60% off.
If you’re looking to have a one-of-a-kind Asheville experience, splurge a little on the Grand Bohemian Asheville. The whimsical decor in this boutique hotel is worthy of an adventurer.
Adventure Seekers, Meet Outdoor Asheville
Not far from the bustle of downtown, adventurers can zip line through the largest and oldest oak trees in western North Carolina. The Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures company offers 10 zip lines ranging from 300 to 1,200 feet long.
If you’d like to keep your feet on the ground, go hiking through the Pisgah National Forest.
For water lovers, nothing compares to a beautiful waterfall. Be sure to take the Blue Ridge Parkway to milepost 419 for access to stunning waterfalls. In total, you can find 250 waterfalls in the Asheville area, including Looking Glass Falls, Crabtree Falls, and Hickory Nut Falls at Chimney Rock.
If waterfalls bore you, get excited about whitewater rafting. Outdoor Magazine selected Asheville as the best whitewater destination in the country, and for good reason. Asheville has three rivers for rafting. The French Broad River offers a mix of adventure rafting and peaceful pools. For beginner rafters, the Nantahala River is friendly and forgiving. Seasoned pros should check out the Nolichucky River for rocks and rapids.
Asheville is also the perfect destination for live events and festivals. Check out the latest happenings in the city before you go.
While Vegas is for gamblers and Virginia is for lovers, Asheville is for those looking for a little bit more excitement in their vacation destination. Plan your Asheville adventure today!
Jacqueline Thomas is a writer with wanderlust. When not writing, she spends her time traveling between beaches, mountains, and airports.