A serious food and music scene comes with Blue Ridge Mountain views.

Famous for its proximity to Blue Ridge Mountain trails, there’s more to Asheville, North Carolina, than hiking in cool alpine air. It ranks among the foodie destinations in the U.S. and boasts one of the highest concentrations of breweries in America. Asheville (rhymes with Nashville) has a white-hot music scene, spanning all genres and venues — venerated rock clubs, live bluegrass music at breweries and buskers everywhere. Add more than 200 days of sunshine each year and a trip to Asheville looks like a bright idea, indeed.

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Explore Asheville

  • Downtown Asheville
  • The River Arts District

Downtown Asheville

Overview

Compact — but packed with shops, bistros and bars — downtown Asheville also boasts stunning views (and delicious brews). Be sure to visit the Catalan-style Basilica of Saint Lawrence to marvel at the largest free-standing dome in North America.

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Restaurants, Shopping, Music, History, Architecture

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The River Arts District

Overview

This mile-long stretch of former industrial buildings along the French Broad River has been converted into an arts district, featuring more than 240 studios, most open to the public and some offering demonstrations and classes. And be sure to drop into a RAD brewery, winery or cidery — all serving meals and snacks with their libations.

Known For

Artist Studios, Shopping, Music, Craft Demonstrations

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Nearby Hotels and Resorts

Stay in the Center of it All

Immerse yourself in your destination at these centrally located hotels.

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Get Your Fill of Views, Brews and Music in Asheville, North Carolina

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Go to Town

Wander downtown Asheville, stopping into the domed Basilica of Saint Lawrence. Next up: historic Biltmore Village, constructed around the circa-1895 Biltmore Estate, a charming, cobblestoned collection of eateries, galleries and breweries. Then it’s back to town for dinner at one of Asheville’s top-rated restaurants (Cúrate is a fave).

aerial view of park and river

Hit the Trails

Cruise the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, which has trailheads all along the way, including one leading up Mount Pisgah. Or opt for the gentler Hickory Nut Falls Trail in Chimney Rock State Park. Then it’s time for dinner under the stars at Capella on 9, on the rooftop of the AC Hotel Asheville Downtown.

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Get Your Art and Eats On

An art-filled day is best kicked off at the Asheville Art Museum. Then it’s time to select a piece (or 10) to take home as a souvenir: Spend the afternoon at the River Arts District (RAD), a mile-long stretch of former industrial buildings that has been converted into a complex housing more than 240 studios.

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