Welcome to Fifty Grande’s Best of the U.S. Bucket List series. This is your one-stop travel guide to the best, most unique and quintessential experiences of a city, state or event. Want to know how to “do” the Asheville, North Carolina? We’ve got you covered. Curated by experts, vetted by in-the-know locals, this is all you need to have the best trip ever. If we’ve written a Bucket List, we recommend you go. If it’s on this list, it’s the best the city has to offer right now. Consider this your one-stop answer to “What are the best things to do in Asheville?”
Located on the banks of the French Broad River in Western North Carolina, Asheville is an eclectic mountain city with panoramic mountain vistas and bohemian vibes. The land surrounding Asheville was originally part of the Cherokee Nation, but during the late 1800s, Asheville developed into a hub for those seeking a mountain escape, attracting artists, philanthropists and businessmen like George Vanderbilt, who built the iconic Biltmore Estate.
Today, trendy and creative folks still flock to Asheville, but they’ve traded their estate grounds for glamping tents and one of the biggest craft beer industries in the country. The city has a vibrant arts community with historic Art Deco buildings, museums, galleries and numerous artist studios. Asheville also has a thriving Appalachian food scene characterized by the flavors of home-grown apples, cushaw squash, corn, okra and pawpaw. As for the city’s famous barbecue, well, that speaks for itself. The mountains are still beloved here, too, and those seeking outdoor adventures will find ample things to do, including mountain biking and “bellyaking,” between the Blue Ridge Mountains and Great Smoky Mountains.
From secret bars to scenic hikes, the city’s quirky vibe draws artsy types, foodies and nature lovers alike. This guide will take you to some of the best spots the “Land of the Sky” has to offer.