Destination: Asheville, North Carolina
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Fall is here, and Asheville, North Carolina, is a great place to visit as the days get shorter and the leaves begin to change. Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville offers travelers everything from scenic outdoor attractions to an eclectic and culture-filled downtown atmosphere.
Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway or a longer vacation, we’ve got you covered with three local Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM properties. To help you plan your trip, we’ve come up with a list of both outdoor activities and must-see city attractions.
- If you’re an explorer of any kind, you have to visit Pisgah National Forest. Comprised of thousands of acres of woodlands, there are hundreds of trails for every level of hiker. The forest is also home to attractions like Mount Mitchell State Park, the highest peak east of the Mississippi River, and the Linville Gorge, a wilderness area full of trails, views, and wildlife.
- Waterfall tours are another popular outdoor activity in the area, and several are just a short drive away from the city. Many of them, including Sliding Rock and Looking Glass Falls, are right off the road and include swimming areas that are fun for the whole family. Bring your cameras for the views and a swimsuit in the warmer months!
- Chimney Rock State Park is another must-see destination. Located 25 miles southeast of Asheville, the park includes the 315-foot Chimney Rock and the 404-foot Hickory Nut Falls and offers stunning views of Lake Lure and the surrounding mountain range. The park offers guaranteed fun whether you ride the elevator or take the stairs.
The City of Asheville
- Do you love history? Asheville is home to a number of historical attractions, including the Biltmore Estate, the largest privately owned home in the United States. If you’re also a fan of literature, you can visit the homes of both Carl Sandburg and Thomas Wolfe.
- Night owls and food connoisseurs will be happy with the restaurant and nightlife scene in downtown Asheville. With music venues like the Orange Peel, restaurants of every category, and multiple microbreweries leading to the nickname “Beer City USA,” guests will have plenty of opportunities to eat, drink, and be merry.
- Walk through Downtown Asheville and you’ll see streets lined with art galleries and local shops. You can tour the Asheville Art Museum to soak in a variety of artwork, or browse the 30-plus-member Asheville Downtown Gallery Association to purchase a piece of local art for yourself.
There’s a lot of ground to cover in Asheville, and plenty to do for friends, families, and couples. Enjoy the city, and let us know if we missed any local attractions in the comments below!