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Things you don’t want to miss in Asheville, North Carolina

Thomas Wolfe Memorial in downtown Asheville.
Thomas Wolfe Memorial in downtown Asheville.
Marie DeWolfe

Asheville is located in the rugged Mountains of western North Carolina, and is nestled among some of the tallest peaks east of the Rockies. No doubt, the natural beauty of the mountains themselves is a unique experience, but there is something for everyone in this culturally diverse town. Along with your favorite drinks and culinary delights, you can take an old time ride on Gray Line Trolley through the city where the host gives a great narrative of the area history with a few surprises along the way. For the more daring, Gray Line Trolley also offers a Ghost Tour in the evenings, treating visitors to some of areas most haunted places.

The downtown area offers numerous activities for the family, both indoor and out. There is an eclectic mix of shops interspersed with art galleries and museums. Pack Place Education, Arts & Science Center is a great place to take the kids, it consists of The Asheville Art Museum, The Diana Wortham Theater, Colburn Earth Science Museum and The YMI Cultural Center where they have a variety of hands on activities available and admission is very reasonably priced.

In the winter months, those choosing to explore beyond the shopping, local restaurants, and the area breweries, will find that a short 30 minute drive North from downtown will bring you to Wolf Ridge Ski Resort or a 30 minute drive to the West will bring you to Cataloochee Ski Resort near Maggie Valley in the Cherokee National Forest.

Those that simply love to view the outdoors will not be disappointed either, as the surrounding area offers over 8 million acres to explore. Drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, or take a hike to one of the numerous waterfalls that abound in the area. Be it one of the cascading waterfalls or just a scenic overlook, it’s a memory you’ll want to keep so be sure to bring a camera.

In the hot days of summer, take the kids to Sliding Rock Waterfall, a natural rock formation that you can slide down to land in a refreshing pool of water. Bring an RV and take advantage of the numerous campgrounds in the area or for the more adventuresome, there is Asheville Treetops Adventure Park where you can go ziplining or white water rafting. Asheville has so much to do that you’ll keep coming back for more. The people are friendly and hospitality abounds wherever you go, it is a unique and surprising city.