With the Blue Ridge Mountains at your fingertips, nestle yourself in the artsy and down-to-earth vibes of Asheville, North Carolina. Beyond being named one of the best destinations for fall foliage, Asheville is full of autumnal charm. Here’s why you should visit Asheville, NC this fall.
The Blue Ridge Mountains are your backdrop.
A subrange of the Appalachian Mountains and sister of the dazzling Smoky Mountains (another amazing fall destination), these picturesque mountains are right at your doorstep.
While in Asheville, hike some of North Carolina’s dreamiest landscapes and soak up sweeping views of autumnal trees and blue cascading mountains
Here are some of the best hikes around Asheville.
Pack a cute picnic blanket/towel for a picnic lunch surrounded by gorgeous fall foliage in Asheville.
Downtown is walkable and artsy.
Downtown Asheville has small town vibes with a skyline free of skyscrapers and streets full of sidewalk space, greenery, and local cafes and shops.
There are interesting statues, graffiti walls, and gorgeous murals making Asheville a very artsy and edgy city.
It’s home to some fantastic breweries.
There are more than 26 breweries in Asheville, so it’s quite the place for any beer lovers out there. Fun fact: Asheville has more breweries per capita than any other city in the United States.
You’ll find popular craft beer brewery New Belgium whipping up delicious stouts, ales, and IPAs and more. It’s also set along the river and surrounded by trees, making it a great reason to visit Asheville in fall. Book brewery tours, enjoy tastings, and more.
Thirsty Monk is also a fantastic spot in downtown Asheville for a curated selection of craft beers, plus home brewed beers straight from the Thirsty Monk.
You can visit the largest house in the US.
Looking for dream-home inspiration? Visit the Biltmore Estate in Asheville and feast your eyes on George Vanderbilt’s gigantic, castle-like property.
It’s more than hundred years old and is full of character and beauty with a large garden, 250 rooms, and sitting on a whopping 8,000 acres.
As such, it is considered the largest house in the United States and could certainly be a contender for the most beautiful as well.
Check out the Biltmore Estate here. It’s especially beautiful with fall foliage and is a great reason why you should visit Asheville, NC this fall.
You can pick apples at a local orchard.
Visit Asheville and get in the fall spirit with apple picking. There are dozens of orchards in the Asheville area, so take your pick (literally). It’s an awesome way to enjoy the fresh North Carolina air and enjoy fall activities in Asheville.
Explore the area’s very best apple orchards.
There’s plenty of famers markets.
Stock up on decor and autumn home essentials with a visit to an Asheville farmers market.
The WNC Farmers Market is open daily and located just outside of the city selling mountain crafts, baked goods, pumpkins, flowers, plants, and all the rest.
Enjoy themed festivals all fall long.
Music is embedded in the mountain culture of Asheville, so it’s no surprise that music festivals are a big deal here.
Among the largest is the LEAF Festival in Black Mountain. Music from a range of cultures set up stage in the Blue Ridge Mountains during this three-day festival.
Where beer culture meets mountain life, Asheville has its very own Oktoberfest! Though canceled for 2020, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. brings in visitors from around the country (and world) to enjoy beer, music, and Bavarian appreciation.
With so much to do and see in this charming North Carolina city, Asheville is a wonderful fall destination. Looking for more places to visit in the area? Check out our visitguide to the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, another destination for fall travel.
Christa Adams is a writer, photographer, and sustainable traveler based in Barcelona. She’s been traveling solo since 2014 has a passion for the outdoors, coffee culture, and exploring quaint European towns. Follow her adventures at www.thespiritedexplorer.com