Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Spring is Here: Our Favorite Things To Do in Asheville & Western North Carolina

Winter has faded and spring is here! The flowers are blooming, the colors are becoming more vibrant, there are gentle breezes and clear views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. What are you waiting for? Spring is a gorgeous time of year to be here in Asheville and the surrounding Western North Carolina area. Have you planned your spring getaway?

We have a lot of favorite things to do when vacationing here, but here are some of the highlights.

Get Outdoors
Asheville is continuously ranked a top destination for outdoor recreation and adventure in a variety of categories by Outside Magazine as well as other outdoor publications. It's easy to see why with so many fantastic outdoor experiences to be had, including everything from extreme sports to light adventure. There's something for everyone.

Vacationers can find hiking trails, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, canoeing, fishing, zip-lining, hot air ballooning, horseback riding, and the list goes on and on. For a great overview of the outdoor adventures that can be found here and links to specific activities, click here.

Take a Scenic Drive
Whether you're in the mood for a scenic river drive, in search of some hot springs, seeking majestic mountain views, or looking to explore some quaint mountain towns, there are many scenic driving routes full of sights and adventures. Take a look at's Top 10 List of scenic drives.

Also, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a great choice with over 469 miles of scenic roads and gorgeous overlooks and vistas. Stop for some hikes or to explore the National Park System. For the truly adventurous, try a meandering motorcycle ride from Western North Carolina into Tennessee.

Explore Local Outdoor Markets, Festivals & Events
On any given day in Asheville and Western North Carolina, there are always plenty of opportunities to learn more about the local culture through its outdoor events, activities and festivals. Asheville is known for its eclectic arts, music and cultural scene and the diversity is seen throughout its many local venues.

Check out the events calendar for the highlights of what to do when you're here. And of course, keep following us on this blog. We enjoy sharing what Asheville has to offer! We welcome new and returning visitors to this beautiful part of North Carolina.

We hope we've got you thinking about your next vacation to Western North Carolina. We look forward to seeing you. Happy Spring!

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