Located in western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is a city like no other. The town is renowned for a lively arts scene and historic architecture, beautiful natural landscapes, rich culture and delicious local cuisine that make it one the premium Destinations in the United States.
A Magnificent View In The Fall
This North Carolinian city has the great fortune of being one of the places with the most impressive displays of fall foliage in the nation. A combination of the extreme elevations and more than 100 species of trees is what turns the Blue Ridge Mountains into one of the longest and most exciting leaf shedding spectacles in the world. Scientists are unraveling the mysteries of fall and this natural display is one of the top spots for studies. Visitors can enjoy an unforgettable view surrounded by the majesty of the foliage.
Another fantastic spot to visit is the North Carolina Arboretum, a 434-acre public garden that offers a range of family friendly activities. The arboretum offers hiking and biking trails, a lovely stream garden and a beautiful garden devoted to native and non-native hollies. Tourist can take Guided tours through the park, where expert botanists will give them all the info regarding the special fauna and flora of the region.
Taste The Best That Asheville Can Offer
Visitors can experience Asheville’s unique mix of Southern culture and allure through its cuisine on a great food tour through the city. The visitors can go on a culinary adventure, checking more than seven specially selected restaurants, eateries and food shops downtown, where they can enjoy a wide-range of food sampling, from delicious appetizers to entrées, accompanied by exquisite wine.
For anyone going on November 16, they’ll enjoy the celebration of “Taste of Asheville”, an annual fundraising event that features the most appetizing dishes from 40 restaurants as well as wine and beer tasting from local breweries. It’s a great opportunity to have a bite of delicate pastries, smoky barbeque, southern comfort food, ice cream, craft beers, hard cider and more.
History And Culture In One Place
Literature and history fans cannot miss the chance to visit the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, located in what was the home of the 20th-century American literature giant. The Victorian period house is a National Historic Landmark since 1971.
Other places people can enjoy are the dome-topped Basilica of Saint Lawrence, the vast 19th-century Biltmore estate with artwork by masters like Renoir, The Downtown Art District, a place populated with galleries and museums, and the River Arts District with former factory buildings turned into artists’ studios.
A Magical House
From November 3, The Biltmore House is a unique attraction that has 55 elaborate hand-decorated trees, a thousand poinsettias, miles of garland and live music. This residence takes on a warm glow during the special Candlelight Tours, complete with choirs and ensembles performing. The front lawn glows with a 55-ft. Norway spruce with 45,000 lights and hundreds of luminaries.
For anyone interested in going, it’s important to book dates and times for both daytime and candlelight tours. Since candlelight tickets are limited, many dates tend to sell-out early. So tourist should buy tickets as soon as they can.
All Aboard The Polar Express
One of the greatest holiday traditions for the whole family is the Polar Express Train excursion at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. This activity starts from November 10 till December, 31.
In this 1.25-hour round-trip excursion people can go on a journey over the river and through the woods to the North Pole. Once in the cabin, passengers will enjoy warm cocoa and cookies while reliving the magical tale. When the train arrives to its final destination, Santa hops boards to greet each child and giving them a special gift: their own silver sleigh bell, just like in the story!