Planning Your Perfect Trip To Asheville

Resources for your next great Asheville adventure.

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Exterior of Haywood Park Hotel in downtown Asheville

Where To Stay in Asheville

From hotels to mountain cabins, this guide shares our favorite spots.
A Guide To Hotels, Cabins & More
Battery Park Book Exchange downtown Asheville in the Grove Arcade

Your First Trip To Asheville

Whether you are heading to Asheville for the outdoors, the views, the brews or the bites, let our guide for planning your first trip to Asheville lead the way!
The Perfect First Trip

Visiting Asheville With Kids


Adventures for the whole family await in Asheville.

Don't miss our guide to the kid-friendly side of Asheville. From family-friendly restaurants and breweries to hikes even the smallest can conquer and attractions fit for the wildest around.

Other Kid-Friendly Guides...

Kid-Friendly Things To Do Where We Dine With Our Kids

Frequently Asked Questions About Planning A Trip To Asheville

How much time should I spend in Asheville?

We recommend spending at least 2 to 3 full days in Asheville. You'll want to plan time for exploring the outdoors, driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway, dining at our restaurants and exploring our local shops. A full 5 days would be even better. That said, if you can only come for a day, come! You'll love it.

Where should I stay?

If you want to be within walking distance of shops and restaurants, downtown is the place for you. But if you are looking to spend time in nature, check out a short-term cabin rental. Visit our where to stay page for details.

What should I do on my first trip to Asheville?

Start with our guide to the perfect first trip to Asheville. It's full of must-see spots, can't-miss eateries and fun adventures.

Do I need to rent a car?

We recommend having a car in Asheville if you are planning to explore the Blue Ridge Parkway and Pisgah National Forest. If you are planning to stick close to town, though, the hop-on/hop-off trolley is an excellent option. You'll need to arrange transportation from the airport, though and ride-shares aren't the most dependable here.(especially at odd hours.)

When is the best time to visit Asheville?

Our favorite seasons in Asheville are late spring and early fall. Cool mornings and warm afternoons are typical in mid-May to early June. The trees are lush and the flowers are in bloom. Fall is also beautiful, with the leaves changing and the crisp air. We'd recommend coming before the end of October to catch peak leaf season. Mid-October is awesome! Check our guide to Asheville's seasons for details.