“The Happiest place to live in America!”
All within a three block area in downtown Asheville, you can admire art deco architecture, catch an original play, dine al fresco, choose from all kinds of cuisines, shop ‘til you drop’ at independent boutiques, be entertained by a street mime, see an artist at work in a studio, play drums in a lively drum circle, gaze at layers of blue mountains, browse some of the nation’s best independent book stores, and….get the picture?
“Happiest City in America” based on New York Times best-selling travelogue: The Geography of Bliss & featured on ABC’s 20/20.
More than 1 million visitors troop each year through George Vanderbilt’s European-inspired chateaux with its impressive art and furnishings and majestic views of the French Broad River and Mount Pisgah in the distance. The 8,000-acre estate features winery, restaurants, Inn at Biltmore Estate, horseback riding and more. Call (828) 274-6333, (800) 295-4730 or visit: www.biltmore.com.
The Blue Ridge Parkway
Some 20 million travelers each year wind along the scenic roadway that meanders across the mountains 469 miles from the Shenandoah to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In Asheville, the parkway intersects U.S. 25, 70 and 74. Open year-round, weather permitting. Admission is free. Call (828) 298-0398 for automated road and weather conditions or visit: nps.gov/blri.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
With 20 million visitors each year, it is one of the most visited national parks in the nation. The park extends about 70 miles along the North Carolina-Tennessee border and offers hiking trails, scenic driving routes, horseback riding, camping and more. Rent a limo to visit the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. Call (865) 436-1200 or visit: www.nps.gov/grsm.
Asheville Regional Airport (AVL)
Western North Carolina’s largest airport. It offers jet and commuter service on Continental, US Airways, and Delta through its carriers – Atlantic Southeast Airlines and Comair. Asheville has non-stop service to, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, New York City, Newark, Orlando and Tampa. It is located fifteen miles south of downtown Asheville near the town of Fletcher. Ground transportation and major rental car companies are available at the airport terminal.
Call (828) 684-2226 or visit: www.flyavl.com. We offer town car Service to Asheville, Greenville and Charlotte airports.
Also see AskAsheville.com for places to stay, eat and visit while in the Asheville area!