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Visit Asheville, North Carolina

When most folks talk about Asheville NC, they talk about visiting the famous Vanderbilt home, the Biltmore Estate.

Well, you might be surprised, but we decided to skip the Biltmore Estate on this visit so that we'd have time to see more of the city.

What we discovered in Asheville, was a small, interesting city FULL of history, great architecture, a funky arts district, an historic minor league baseball stadium, unending stories, and a thriving downtown.

We explored things to do in Asheville almost completely using public transportation... the Asheville Trolley! And when we weren't on the Trolley, we explored Asheville's art and historical stories on foot via the Urban Trail.

So, this week, hop onboard and join us as we visit Asheville North Carolina!

Why is Asheville a Travel Destination?


5 FREE Things To Do in Asheville NC

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In this video: Things to Do in Asheville NC, Where to Park for FREE, How Asheville Got Its Name, Using the Asheville Trolley as Transportation, Asheville Architecture, Unique Places to Visit in Asheville North Carolina and More!

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Our Campsite Near Asheville

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Why Is Asheville Called...

Beer City USA - Because of it's fresh mountain spring mineral waters, Asheville was once the home to more micro breweries than anywhere else in the USA. Locals say it now ranks second in the country. The Asheville area is home to multiple small breweries, as well as the second locations of both New Belgium Brewing and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.

The Paris of the South - Asheville's art deco architecture, thriving food and arts scene, and eclectic collection of shops, restaurants and bars rolled into a walkable city all seem to play a role in this nickname. You'll find art and/or street musicians all across town.

The Land of the Sky - This name is really more about the entire Western North Carolina region. It's credited to novelist Christian Reid and her 1875 work "The Land of the Sky: Adventures in Mountain By-Ways". Both the land, with the Blue Ridge Mountains and diverse plant and tree life, and the vast sky views (especially from places like the Sunset Terrace at Grove Park Inn) make this nickname really easy to understand when you see it for yourself.

The San Francisco of the East - Again, looking to the eclectic art and food scene. Self-expression is encouraged in Asheville. If you really want to experience the hippy vibe, head over to the River Arts District.

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Why Does Asheville Have So Many Historic Art Deco Buildings?

Like Mineral Wells TX, Petoskey MI, and Steamboat Springs CO, residents and visitors were historically drawn to Asheville NC for the healing waters of its mineral springs.

During the city's building boom, art deco architecture was all the rage. During the Great Depression, Asheville NC, like most US cities, fell into deep debt. It could not afford to replace any of the standing buildings, so it had to maintain and preserve them for continued use. It took 50 years, but the City of Asheville paid off all of its debt. And a bonus for all of us today is the preservation of so many amazing historic art deco buildings!

Our Basecamp for This Visit

πŸ“ Rutledge Lake RV Resort (also listed as Asheville RV Park Resort)

For More Information on Visiting Asheville

Visit the Explore Asheville website.

Asheville NC Fun Facts

Approximate Population




Year Founded


Average Summer Temperatures

61Β° - 85Β°

Average Winter Temperatures

28Β° - 51Β°

Geographic Area

45.86 square miles

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A Few Photos from Our Visit to Asheville

Inside the Asheville Trolley
Inside the Asheville Trolley
An Ode to Drovers
An Ode to Drovers
Jackson Building and Westall Building
The Historic Jackson and Westall Buildings
Original Woolworth Lunch Counter
Original Woolworth Lunch Counter
Gingerbread House Champion
Gingerbread House Champion
River Arts District
The Funky River Arts District
Minor League Ballpark
Minor League Baseball Park
Urban Trail Sign
Urban Trail Sign
Inside the Grove Arcade
Inside the Grove Arcade
Downtown Asheville
Downtown Asheville

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