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Five Reasons to Visit Asheville

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In the Blue Ridge Mountains, some of the highest peaks in the East, Asheville, North Carolina is a sophisticated city that definitely moves to its own rhythm and vibe. The city has long been known as “the Paris of the South,” which may raise some eyebrows—though only among those who have yet to visit. If you’ve been, you know that with its thriving culinary scene, buzzing music venues, and many galleries—as well as Biltmore, America’s largest home—it definitely lives up to the title.
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The arrival of the Buncombe Turnpike and then later the railroad has long made downtown Asheville a bustling center, as reflected in its eclectic mix of Federal, Greek Revival, Queen Anne, Victorian, and Art Deco buildings. Asheville’s downtown...
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8 Wall St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
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With 250 independent restaurants embracing a decidedly different mountain spirit as well as locavore sensibilities, it’s no wonder that Asheville has been described as “one of the tastiest towns in the South” by Southern Living. You’ll find chefs...
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56 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
About 20 minutes from Asheville, Black Mountain College played a crucial role in 20th-century American art, with Josef Albers, John Cage, Willem de Kooning, and Robert Motherwell among the legendary figures who taught there. The school closed in...
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Biltmore Estate Dr, North Carolina 28803, USA

A self-guided tour of the Vanderbilt family’s 8,000-acre estate in Asheville, North Carolina, takes you through gardens bursting with roses and azaleas, and past pools filled with koi and pineapple-scented water lilies. The centerpiece is...

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Blue Ridge Pkwy, North Carolina, USA
Few vacations allow you to combine the best of big city culture and dining with opportunities to raft, zip-line, mountain bike, and hike like a trip to Asheville. The mountains of western North Carolina abound with options on the rivers, streams,...