Seven Reasons You Need to Visit Asheville Today
There are more than seven reasons, but we assume by the time you’ve read these, you’re going to be on your way here.
1) You Need to Visit Asheville for the Hiking and Mountain Biking
There are literally thousands of miles of hiking and mountain biking trails to explore in the Asheville area.
- Mount Mitchell: The highest peak on the East Coast.
- Craggy Gardens: Beautiful views and striking color above 6,000 feet in elevation.
- Rainbow and TurtleBack Falls: Two stunning waterfalls on the same Hike.
- Mount Pisgah: A mile-high hike on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
- Road to Nowhere: Near Bryson City, the Road to Nowhere allows visitors to walk through a long tunnel.
Our area is an absolute must-visit for mountain bikers.
Asheville Mountain Biking:
- Bent Creek: This trail system is just a few miles from downtown Asheville. There are thirty miles of challenging climbs and lengthy, thrilling descents.
- Dupont State Forest: If you have ever dreamed of mountain biking on granite slabs, Dupont has miles of it among many other diverse trails.
- Pisgah: From Kitsuma to Upper, Middle, and Lower Black Mountain, Pisgah offers hundreds of miles of backcountry mountain biking.
- Fire Mountain: Fire Mountain in Cherokee is on many mountain bikers’ bucket lists.
- Tsali: If you are going to hit the trails at Fire Mountain, you have to go a few miles farther past Bryson City and send it at Tsali.
- Kanuga and Bailey Mountain: In Hendersonville and Mars Hill, respectively, these purpose-built mountain bike parks are every downhill rider’s dream.
- Brevard: The town of Brevard is within a short drive (or ride) of hundreds of miles of backcountry mountain biking.
- Berm Park: Coming soon to Canton, Berm Park will be a true downhill park with free admission.
2) You Need to Visit Asheville for the Waters
Land sports are great, but some people prefer the water. The Asheville area has some of North Carolina’s premier whitewater rafting, kayaking, and tubing.
3) You Need to Visit Asheville for the Biltmore Estate
The historic Biltmore Estate is the largest privately-owned home in the country. Taking a tour of the house or grounds is like stepping back in time to what it was like to be among the wealthiest families in the late nineteenth century.
It’s not just the house; however, that attracts millions of tourists every year. There are villages on the grounds with world-class shopping, restaurants, a winery, mountain biking, ATV driving, and so much more.
4) You Need to Visit Asheville for the Art
Western North Carolina is home to some of the best art in the country. The city of Asheville is a destination for artwork, with dozens of galleries distributed throughout downtown Asheville, Biltmore Village, the River Arts District, and beyond, thanks to the thousands of amazing artists who dwell in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
5) You Need to Visit Asheville for the Food and Beer
Asheville has one of the highest concentrations of microbreweries in the country. You could spend multiple getaways touring breweries and never visit the same one twice.
Honestly, you could use your entire vacation just visiting New Belgium or Sierra Nevada, but there are so many others to experience.
6) You Need to Visit Asheville for the Shopping
If you like shopping, you’re not going to be disappointed with the classy and eclectic retail shops downtown, in the River Arts District, and throughout the city.
7) You Need to Visit Asheville for the Dueling Piano Bar
Very few cities can boast of having a dueling piano bar. Asheville is one of them.
Dueling pianos is a unique format, with two piano players facing each other taking turns singing. It's an all-request show with no setlist.
Any of your favorite songs from the time when you first put the stylus on your favorite vinyl to the last time you cranked up the car stereo and sang at the top of your lungs. Whatever your favorite song is, just ask, and you might be amazed at what they can play!
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There are so many things to do in Asheville. Make sure you put Off The Wagon Dueling Piano Bar at the top of the list. It is impossible to be stressed when you’re having as much fun as you will have here.