A bluegrass band busks on the corner as colorful characters come and go from galleries and boutiques. Come fall in love with one of the happiest places on Earth.

Nestled in the Blue Ridge mountains, Asheville is a little city where New Age sensibilities meet Gilded Age legacy. A mellow, subtropical Appalachian climate accommodates natural recreation in every season, but the spectacular colors of changing leaves make autumn a prime time to visit. Around town, the streets are filled with music, art, and the most breweries per capita anywhere in America.

Speaking of records, the Biltmore Estate boasts the largest private residence in the nation along with sweeping grounds, making it the crown jewel of the “Land of the Sky.” If you’re wondering what to do in Asheville in the fall, winter foliage here can be breathtaking. Alternatively, winter travelers can see it decked out in full Christmas decor during November and December. With upscale accommodations and even a winery on site, this piece of history is a destination unto itself.

Of course, we can’t say “Asheville” without mentioning the River Arts District. Hundreds of artist studios occupy retired industrial buildings that regularly open for public art walks. You can spend a whole day trekking through the district and wandering among working artists. Feel creative? Drop into a class to create something for yourself. The eateries here often double as galleries, so there's no need to take a break from the art while you pause for a snack.

Summertime is packed with things to do in Asheville. The city is home to festivals of every flavor, not to mention plenty of buskers and a weekly drum circle on Fridays. Refresh yourself with a float or boating adventure on the ancient French Broad River, which runs through the city and supplies exceptionally clean water for the area's craft breweries. Or go splashing around the hundreds of nearby waterfalls before returning for a night on the town.

Speaking of making a splash, our Asheville vacation packages will get you here, without displacing too much cash from your wallet.

Frequently Asked Questions about Asheville

When is peak fall foliage in Asheville, NC?

Although peak fall foliage season changes from year to year, depending on weather conditions, the best leaf-viewing is done from mid-October to early November.

How many breweries are in Asheville?

The city of Asheville has nearly 30 craft breweries, and its surrounding region has over 60.

How big is Asheville, NC?

Asheville is about 45 square miles and is home to roughly 90,000 people.