Nestled within the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, lies a special gem of art, culture, and southern hospitality: Asheville. Rated time and again as one of America’s best small cities, it is one of those places you simply have to see for yourself.
Asheville Combines Southern Charm with Art
When you think of the South, you might envision lazy days spent sipping tea, rocking gently in a chair on a wide, white veranda. If this is the experience you seek, you can find it amongst the quaint bed and breakfast’s sprinkled throughout the Asheville region, but the area is so much more than that. Infused with an electric energy, Asheville is undoubtedly in the South, but it has the independent and artsy feeling of an urban center you’d expect to find elsewhere in America.
Downtown is a central point of interest in Asheville. The dining options are endless, whether you’re looking for southern-inspired cuisine, the ultimate in Carolina BBQ, or a trendy ethnic eatery. There are dozens of locally-owned restaurants that will leave you more than satisfied. Asheville also has an incredible amount of craft breweries, many right downtown, where you can taste beer to delight the taste buds. In between sampling the flavors of the region, stop in to the many art galleries, museums, craft shops, and more throughout downtown.
Things to do in Asheville
A visit is incomplete without a stop at the resplendent Biltmore Estate. The largest private home in the United States, the Vanderbilt-owned mansion will have you dreaming of eras gone by.
But perhaps more than anything else, Asheville is known as a mountain retreat. It boasts a prime location just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, one of America’s iconic drives that winds through the mountains and offers incredible views from North Carolina to Virginia. Particularly spectacular in the autumn, the Blue Ridge Parkway is THE destination for hiking, exploring waterfalls, spotting wildlife, and grabbing spectacular photographs.
Ready to plan your visit to beautiful Asheville, North Carolina? An idyllic RV park just 10 minutes north of Asheville, Campfire Lodgings is a great option, and with a nature-oriented area like this one, there are plenty of excellent spots to park, camp, and enjoy the world around you.