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Asheville, North Carolina is a great escape from Atlanta

A beautiful and peaceful place,  Grove Park Inn.
A beautiful and peaceful place, Grove Park Inn.

If you've never visited Asheville, North Carolina, I'll give you '6' good reasons to take a weekend trip from Atlanta, Georgia. The drive from Atlanta is less than four hours and Asheville is located in a lush valley surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

According to," Asheville is that type of unique, special place that lingers sweetly in your mind and memories for years to come. The city's rich architectural legacy with its mix of Art Deco, and Neoclassical styles is the perfect retro-urban backdrop to the edgy energy that emanates from the locally owned-shops and art galleries, distinctive restaurants and exciting entertainment venues.

Reason #1 Great places to stay Visit the Asheville Lodging Guide to learn about Hotels, Cabins, Bed and Breakfasts and other vacation accommodations in the Asheville, NC area. Some favorite locations loaded with warmth and charm are the Grove Park Inn and Biltmore Village Inn.

Reason # 2 The Arts Asheville is a haven for those wanting to experience the arts. Asheville is loaded with creativity in the local culture and this can be seen in the architecture of downtown, the many art galleries and exhibits, and in the collections of artisans who make a living in this inviting mountain community. The local scenery of nature blended with majestic mountains is a definite inspiration for the local artists. There is a kindness and open mindedness in Asheville that is shared by the local residents.

Reason # 3 Hiking and camping Go for the amazing hiking trails with waterfalls and vista views of mountains that will take your breath away.

Reason #4 Scenic Views that are simply magnificent and can be reached by walking and/or car tours.

Reason #5  Wonderful food!  Asheville's array of restaurants go well beyond Southern cooking. Best of all, many of them are within walking distance from one another, along with other attractions like the funky shops and galleries that the heart of Asheville contains. Many of these fun, engaging places stay open late, have live music, a Sunday brunch and lots of local fans.There is every type of restaurant... from  Spanish tapas and barbeque to Carribean delights.

Reason #6  There are many other amazing things to do like the touring the Biltmore Estate, Looking Glass Rock, and Sliding Rock   (a natural water slide that empties into a cool mountain pond). And if you're interested in a tour- here are a variety of  popular tours!

If you'd like to go somewhere a little 'offbeat' and different...consider Asheville, North Carolina for your next weekend get-away. Have fun in your travels!


  • Gene Bowker, Road Trip Examiner, Augusta, GA 5 years ago

    Great place to visit. Thanks for all the great links.

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