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Asheville Introduction


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Nestled firmly between the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville has many great qualities that attract a truly diverse population, hence the city's moniker: "Asheville: Any Way You Like It."  Click here to see the full Asheville travel guide on Travel42 »

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Asheville Geography


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Asheville is the leading urban center of western North Carolina. Adjacent to the confluence of the French Broad and Swannanoa rivers, the city is seated in a large river basin flanked by the rounded peaks of the Great Smokies and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Downtown Asheville is roughly split into four areas: Lexington Park, Battery Park, Thomas Wolfe Plaza and Pack Square.  Click here to see the full Asheville travel guide on Travel42 »

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Asheville History


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The site of present-day Asheville was originally an intersection of Cherokee Indian paths. When the land beyond the eastern slopes of the Appalachians began to open up to European migration, a town planner named John Burton purchased the deed to a small crossroads settlement and founded Morristown in 1794. In 1797, the town was incorporated and became known as Asheville in honor of North Carolina Gov. Samuel Ashe.   Click here to see the full Asheville travel guide on Travel42 »

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Asheville Sightseeing & Things to Do


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There is no doubt that the 8,000-acre/3,200-hectare Biltmore Estate, with its extravagant French chateau, is Asheville's top sightseeing attraction. But there are plenty of other historic sites to see elsewhere in the city. You can visit the boyhood home of author Thomas Wolfe, see Asheville's oldest home (Smith-McDowell House), watch the sun set and take a walking tour at the legendary Grove Park Inn, or take a guided tour of the magnificent Basilica of St. Lawrence. The Pack Place complex in t...  Click here to see the full Asheville travel guide on Travel42 »

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Asheville Nightlife


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In addition to Bele Chere, the largest street festival in the Southeast, and the Downtown After Five concert series held throughout the summer on North Lexington Avenue, there are always events going on in downtown Asheville. Friday and Saturday nights, the streets are bustling with after-dinner crowds, students and clubgoers. Even on weekdays you'll find a wide assortment of live music offered by the area's numerous bars and clubs. Venues range from laid-back neighborhood pubs to psychedelic da...  Click here to see the full Asheville travel guide on Travel42 »

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Asheville Restaurants & Dining


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Finding a place to eat in Asheville is only a problem if you have trouble making decisions. Dozens of restaurants of all varieties line the streets of downtown and its outskirts. There are a large number of ethnic choices: Those who appreciate Asian cuisine won't be disappointed, and creative fusion restaurants, such as the landmark Bistro 1896 or Table, abound. Vegetarians and vegans will also find plenty of options—even if they venture out beyond stalwarts such as the nationally acclaimed Laughing Seed Cafe—as most menus will easily accommodate them.   Click here to see the full Asheville travel guide on Travel42 »

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