Asheville, North Carolina, is the best kept secret in the United States. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this East Coast city is known for its laidback vibes, abundance of craft breweries, and a vibrant art scene. Immerse yourself in the funky yet functional culture of North Carolina by reserving your Asheville vacation package today on Travelocity.
You’re not sure where to begin your hunt for accommodations to make the most of your vacation in Asheville. Not to worry, wise wanderer, as we’ve compiled a list of some of the greatest hotels to call the city home. However, you’ll have to venture downtown to see the abundance of street performers the city’s known for…or tip your bell hop extremely well in exchange for an impromptu tap dance…
Begin your Asheville getaway by getting in touch with the city’s outdoors-y side. The Blue Ridge Parkway sits atop the Southern Appalachians and provides some of the best hiking trails in the country. If you’re traveling with little ones on a family vacation in Asheville, or simply don’t have time to take in the scenery by foot, then pile into a rental car and drive to the top of Mount Mitchell State Park for a view from the highest peak east of the Mississippi.
Step back into urban life in downtown Asheville. The streets of downtown are lined with gourmet restaurants, quirky boutiques, and bookstores both vintage and contemporary. The city is known nationally for its vibrant music and arts scene, so don’t be surprised if you see dozens of grand marquees advertising local bands, or street performers banging on drums around the neighborhood.
Finish your cultured tour of downtown Asheville by visiting the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center. The venue exhibits art that honors the college’s unique history and the impact that the institution has had on local artists.
No Asheville vacation is complete without sampling some local brews—and there’s no better time to do so than during Asheville Beer Week. If you find yourself in town during late May or early June, you’ll be able to sidle up next to some flannel-wearing locals and sip on pale ales and IPAs that will make your taste buds sing. In addition to tastings and special beers on tap around town, visitors will also enjoy special dinners paired with beer, and talks from members of the beer community.
The Asheville arts scene comes to a head in January during the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival. the performing art festival takes place in numerous venues throughout the city and lets artists express themselves through a variety of mediums to the local community. Since 2002, the annual event has challenged viewers to think about the difference between art and reality in a critical way, all the while providing entertainment for those lucky enough to attend.
Asheville package deals are as unique as the many craft beers available throughout the city. Enter your preferred travel dates and select the accommodation and transportation that’s right for you. With your travel arrangements handled, you can start figuring out what hiking shoes to bring along on your journey.