About Asheville, North Carolina
Nestled along the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Appalachian Trail, and the Pisgah National Forest, Asheville is a vibrant city filled with unique restaurants and shops, craft breweries, galleries, and a prevalent live music scene. It’s also home to the famous Biltmore Estate, George Vanderbilt’s mansion constructed in the 1890s, with gardens and park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.
Downtown Asheville is filled with galleries and museums, and in the nearby River Arts District, former factory buildings house artists’ studios. You can also visit the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, childhood home of one of America’s esteemed 20th-century authors, or take a look at one of the largest freestanding elliptical domes in the world at the Basilica of Saint Lawrence. While walking the Urban Trail, you can check out Asheville’s buskers (street performers).
The Asheville area is also great for outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, water sports, and ziplining. You can also take a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway and see beautiful mountain vistas along the highest ridge tops of the Southern Appalachians.
HEDS would like to thank Explore Asheville, the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau, for their assistance and support.