Tucked away among the Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina, Asheville lures visitors with its natural beauty, thriving arts scene and historic charms. Asheville is renowned for its unique culture, health-conscious vibe, eclectic food scene and welcoming spirit.
Home to more than 74,000 people, Asheville has continued to grow since its founding in 1784. Originally falling within the boundaries of the Cherokee Nation, Asheville's development can be found on the streets of its historic district and collection of Victorian style homes. Industrial barons and the nation's wealthy discovered the beauty of the region, and chose the area to establish winter residences. Visitors can tour America's largest home, Biltmore Estate, which features a 250-room mansion, opulent gardens and plenty of outdoor activities.
Asheville's eclectic downtown hums with art galleries and street musicians, sidewalk dining, nationally recognized bookstores and bakeries for canines. The heart of the city is a living testament to community's mountain-born spirit of independence – independent businesses, independent people, and singular beauty. Yet, for all its unique offerings, Asheville's downtown resonates with the warmth and friendly charm of a walkable Southern town.
Named one of the best cities in America for outdoor activities and for active-lifestyle visitors, Asheville provides a number of options for health and environmentally-minded guests. Rafting, fly-fishing, road cycling, hiking, trail running, mountain biking – all of these activities are available here. Explore the expansive natural beauty of Pisgah National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or drive one of the America's most scenic motor roads, the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Dining is serious business in Asheville where the Foodtopian Society offers a culinary paradise. Groups will find a thriving farm-to-fork mentality, a beloved community of tailgate markets, and restaurants with cuisines that range from Italian and French to New South and Caribbean. A different flavor experience awaits groups on every corner. Dine al fresco, eat upscale or nosh on artisanal chocolates.