Planning a Trip to Asheville

Resources for your next great Asheville Adventure

Planning a trip to Asheville is tough because there is so much going on!

I’ll be the first to say there’s an overwhelming amount of things to do. There are too many breweries to visit, too many hikes to conquer and way too many brunch spots. There’s the River Arts District and West Asheville shops. There’s the Biltmore and a spectacular downtown. The Blue Ridge Parkway. The NC Arboretum. The music venues and distilleries. The cute cafes and coffee shops tucked away out of sight. And… ok, there’s a lot going on in Asheville.

To help you plan your next trip, we have written out an itinerary for our perfect weekend in Asheville.

In it we share our must-do recommendations for visitors, our favorite restaurants and how to live like a local in Asheville. It covers a typical Friday to Sunday visit, but you can do most of the ideas mentioned any day of the week.

We also made it more of a choose your adventure style itinerary so that you can do the things you really love.

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But we also know that our perfect weekend may not be yours!

So, to help plan your perfect trip, we have a ton of resources to guide you in the right direction.

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First trip to Asheville?

Start with our city guide for visitors!

Our visitors’ guide shares details about the city, from various neighborhoods to restaurants, breweries, hikes and attractions.

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Traveling with kids?

We have the perfect guide for you.

With two kids of our own, pretty much everything we do in Asheville is kid-friendly! We love sharing our favorite kid-friendly restaurants, the best playgrounds and family-friendly hikes.

Let’s talk food.

Check out our best restaurants in asheville list!

Asheville is definitely a foodie’s town, with everything from gourmet farm-to-table spots with menus that change daily to wildly good vegan food and two 2022 James Beard Award winning restaurants. Our guide shares the best of the best!

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Want a ton of ideas for things to do?

STart with this list of 60+ things to do in asheville

This list includes everything from Asheville’s main attractions (The Biltmore Estate, The NC Arboretum…), fun tours around town, unique Asheville experiences and more!

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Meet our neighborhoods.

Get the lay of the land with our neighborhood guides.

We have detailed guides to all of Asheville’s best entertainment districts. Find out what to do and where to shop + eat in each neighborhood!

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Pick the best time to visit.

Check out our guide to Ashville’s weather and seasons.

Hoping to time leaf season perfectly? Or maybe you just want to know what to pack based on the average temperature. We have a guide for that!

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Find a place to stay.

STart with our list of recommended spots.

A list of preferred hotels and Bed & Breakfasts plus tips on where to look for a cabin near Asheville.


Disclaimer: Hours, pricing, menus, etc. may have changed since we last updated this post, so make sure to confirm all of this directly prior to visiting any business or attraction listed on our site.

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