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Asheville sits on the banks of the French Broad River, nestled between the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains. It's a beautiful city with a rich mountain heritage, and attractions include America's largest home; the 250-room Biltmore House, plus Historic Downtown Asheville, and the home of famous poet/biographer, Carl Sandburg. For movie and history buffs, Asheville is near the "real" Cold Mountain. Since it's government owned, the mountain is still in its' natural state and offers a strenuous ten-mile hike to reach its' summit at 6,030 feet. Or, you can enjoy the view from your car via the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 412, which is about 30 miles from downtown Asheville. If you enjoy outdoor sports, Asheville offers four seasons of fun activities. Wintertime brings downhill skiing, snowboarding and sledding. Spring and summer's warmer days are perfect for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, white water rafting and fishing. Autumn turns the mountains multi-shades of gold, red, and yellow (don't forget your camera to capture some incredible mountain scenery.) Downtown Asheville has excellent restaurants - and not just delicious North Carolina brook trout and barbecue - but everything from Mediterranean to Japanese. The city also holds tightly to their arts and crafts traditions, and many local artisans open their studios to visitors who can watch them demonstrate their craft. The Folk Art Center, a haven for those who love mountain crafts, is located ten minutes from downtown Asheville. All of this, plus several annual special events and festivals make Asheville a family favorite vacation destination.

Surrounding areas: Weaverville, North Carolina (6.7 mi), Montreat, North Carolina (14.4 mi), Wolf Laurel, North Carolina (16.9 mi), Cruso, North Carolina (19.2 mi), Hendersonville, North Carolina (20.2 mi), Clyde, North Carolina (20.6 mi), Chimney Rock, North Carolina (20.7 mi)

Asheville Vacation Rentals

Asheville Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
American Court Motel85 Merrimon AveAsheville, NC (828) 253-4427
Baymont Inn-asheville204 Hendersonville RdAsheville, NC (828) 274-2022
Best Western Biltmore W275 Smokey Park HwyAsheville, NC (828) 667-4501
Comfort Inn West15 Crowell RdAsheville, NC (828) 665-6500
Comfort Suites Biltmore Square Mall890 Brevard RdAsheville, NC (704) 665-4000
Country Inn & Suites199 Tunnel RdAsheville, NC (828) 254-4311
Courtyard By MarriottOne Buckstone PlAsheville, NC (828) 281-0041
Days Inn - Biltmore East1435 Tunnel RdAsheville, NC (828) 298-4000
Days Inn E1500 Tunl RdAsheville, NC (828) 298-5140
Days Inn-asheville Mall201 Tunl RdAsheville, NC (828) 252-4000
Doubletree Hotel Biltmore115 Hendersonville RdAsheville, NC (828) 274-1800
Econo Lodge Asheville190 Tunl RdAsheville, NC (828) 254-9521
Econo Lodge EastI-40 Exit 55Asheville, NC (828) 298-5519
Econo LodgeI-85 And Bessemer City RdAsheville, NC (704) 867-1821
Extended Stay America6 Kenilworth KnlAsheville, NC (828) 253-3483
Fairfield Inn & Suites11 Rocky Ridge RdAsheville, NC (828) 665-4242
Fairfield Inn By Marriott Asheville31 Airport Park DrAsheville, NC (704) 684-1144
Hampton Inn1 Rocky Ridge RdAsheville, NC (828) 667-2022
Hampton Inn204 Tunnel RdAsheville, NC (828) 255-9220
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites1 Wedgefield DrAsheville, NC (828) 665-6519
Holiday Inn Express234 Hendersonville RdAsheville, NC (828) 274-0101
Homewood Suites By Hilton88 Tunnel RdAsheville, NC (828) 252-5400
Howard Johnson Biltmore190 Hendersonville RdAsheville, NC (828) 274-2300
Marriott Execustay/Turtle Creek99 Turtle Creek DrAsheville, NC (800) 789-7829
Motel 6 Asheville1415 Tunl RdAsheville, NC (828) 299-3040
Quality Inn & Suites1430 Tunnel RdAsheville, NC (828) 298-5519
Ramada Limited180 Tunl RdAsheville, NC (828) 254-7451
Ramada Plaza Hotel-west435 Smokey Park HwyAsheville, NC (704) 665-2161
Ramada800 Fairview RdAsheville, NC (828) 298-9141
Red Roof Inn #14616 Crowell RdAsheville, NC (704) 667-9803
Renaissance By Marriott AshevilleOne Thomas Wolfe PlazaAsheville, NC (800) 845-5279
Residence Inn701 Biltmore AveAsheville, NC (828) 281-3361
Sleep Inn1918 Old Haywood RdAsheville, NC (828) 670-7600
Sleep Inn117 Hendersonville RdAsheville, NC (828) 277-1800
Springhill Suites By Marriott2 Buckstone PlAsheville, NC (828) 253-4666
Super 8 Biltmore9 Wedgefield DrAsheville, NC (828) 670-8800
Super 8 E1329 Tunl RdAsheville, NC (828) 298-7952
Super8 West8 Crowell RdAsheville, NC (828) 667-8706
Town House Motel141 Tunnel RdAsheville, NC (828) 253-8753
Quality Inn & Suites1 Skyline Inn DrArden, NC9.5 mi.(828) 684-6688
Bed & Breakfast
Baird House LTD Bed And Breakfast Inn41 S Main StMars Hill, NC15.5 mi.(828) 689-5722
Woodfield Inn2905 Greenville HwyFlat Rock, NC24.1 mi.(828) 693-6016

Asheville Weather & Climate

The weather in Asheville and the surrounding areas is hard to predict. The city of Asheville sits in a valley at about 2,200 feet and is surrounded by mountains of more than 6,000 feet in elevation. Temperatures usually run 10 to 25 degrees cooler in the higher elevations than in the city. Spring has mild days and cool nights with some rainy days. Summer is warm and humid with scattered afternoon thunderstorms. Temperatures rarely rise above 90 degrees in this region (or above 80 at elevations of 5,000 feet or higher.) Conditions cool down a little by October, and that is also the best month to view the spectacular fall foliage. In winter, the high mountains protect the city and outlying areas, so there is seldom a major snowfall. Highs run in the 40s and 50s.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 46°F 26°F 3.07 in. -
February 50°F 29°F 3.19 in. -
March 58°F 36°F 3.89 in. -
April 66°F 43°F 3.16 in. -
May 74°F 52°F 3.53 in. -
June 80°F 59°F 3.24 in. -
July 84°F 63°F 2.97 in. -
August 82°F 62°F 3.34 in. -
September 76°F 56°F 3.01 in. -
October 67°F 45°F 2.40 in. -
November 57°F 36°F 2.93 in. -
December 49°F 29°F 2.59 in. -

Asheville Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Asheville Regional airport (AVL) located about 11 miles south of Asheville, the Greenville Spartanburg International airport (GSP) located approximately 52 miles south of Asheville in Greer, South Carolina, the Donaldson Center airport (GYH) located roughly 59 miles south of Asheville in Greenville, South Carolina, and finally the Tri Cities Regional Tn Va airport (TRI) located around 60 miles north of Asheville in Bristol Johnson Kingsport, Tennessee.

Asheville Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Ghost Town in the SkyMaggie ValleyNC31.1 mi.
Cherokee Fun ParkCherokeeNC43.7 mi.
Santa's LandCherokeeNC43.7 mi.
DollywoodPigeon ForgeTN57.6 mi.
Rockin' RacewayPigeon ForgeTN57.6 mi.
NASCAR SpeedParkSeviervilleTN59.5 mi.
Water Parks
Paramount's Carowinds-Water WorksPinevilleNC100.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Buncombe County Municipal Golf CourseAshevilleNC 
Mountain Brook Golf ClubAlbemarleNC1.0 mi.
Reems Creek Golf CourseWeavervilleNC6.2 mi.
Willow Springs Country ClubWilsonNC7.6 mi.
Brookwood Golf ClubArdenNC8.8 mi.
High Vista Country ClubArdenNC10.0 mi.
Broadmoor Golf LinksFletcherNC12.2 mi.
Black Mountain Golf CourseBlack MountainNC13.2 mi.
Crooked Creek Golf ClubHendersonvilleNC20.1 mi.
Cummings Cove Golf & Country ClubHendersonvilleNC20.1 mi.
Orchard Trace Golf ClubHendersonvilleNC20.1 mi.
Old Fort Golf CourseOld FortNC21.1 mi.
Green Oaks Golf ClubConcordNC22.8 mi.
Rocky River Golf Club at ConcordConcordNC22.8 mi.
Lake Lure Golf & Beach ResortLake LureNC23.1 mi.
Lake Lure Municipal Golf CourseLake LureNC24.1 mi.
Finley Golf ClubChapel HillNC24.8 mi.
Preserve At Jordan Lake Golf ClubChapel HillNC24.8 mi.
Twin Lakes Golf CourseChapel HillNC24.8 mi.
Lake Junaluska Golf CourseWaynesvilleNC25.4 mi.
Laurel Ridge Country ClubWaynesvilleNC25.4 mi.
Mount Mitchell Golf ClubBurnsvilleNC26.3 mi.
Connestee Falls Golf CourseBrevardNC26.7 mi.
Glen Cannon Country ClubBrevardNC26.7 mi.
Sherwood Forest Golf ClubBrevardNC26.7 mi.
Ski Areas
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC15.6 mi.
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC31.1 mi.
Ski BeechBanner ElkNC54.5 mi.
Sugar Mountain Ski AreaBanner ElkNC54.5 mi.
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC55.7 mi.
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC59.2 mi.
State Parks
Mount Mitchell State ParkNC20.2 mi. 
Caesars Head State ParkSC34.8 mi. 
Pleasant Ridge State ParkSC35.5 mi. 
South Carolina Gold MuseumPickensSC50.3 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Carroll Reece MuseumJohnson CityTN50.5 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Hands On! Regional MuseumJohnson CityTN50.5 mi.(Children's)
Bob Jones University Museum & GalleryGreenvilleSC52.5 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC 
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC52.5 mi.
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN80.5 mi.

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