Downtown, Asheville, NC, USA

Downtown, Asheville, NC, USA

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Diggin' it in Downtown - Asheville's hip arts and music scene

In North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, trendy Asheville is famed for its vibrant arts and music scene. One of the coolest cities in the east, book a Downtown Asheville vacation rental and have the city's best live music clubs, theaters, and galleries on your doorstep. Learn about Asheville's fascinating past along the Urban Trail. Meet mountain crafters and artists, visit the pinball museum, or take a selfie with the giant iron in front of the Flatiron Building. After dark, kick back with a local brew and tap your feet to bluegrass in a local music club.

Craft beers and paddleboarding? Life is good in Downtown Asheville

Downtown Asheville is the vibrant hub of this charming mountain city, promising everything from artisan coffee shops and folk art galleries, to late night music bars playing bluegrass. The best way to learn about Asheville's fascinating history is to take the Urban Walk, a self-guided walking tour through its historic attractions. After lunch, head to the French Broad River and see Downtown from a different perspective on a paddleboarding tour. Enjoy dinner in one of the many farm-to-table restaurants, and finish off the day with craft beer in Downtown's hip microbreweries.

Become the pinball wizard in Downtown Asheville

Downtown Asheville is crammed with cool attractions. Visit the aSHEville Museum, which celebrates the talent, stories, and legacies of women from around the world. Kids young and old will love the Asheville Pinball Museum, which features over 30 different pinball machines from 1960s to present day. It's a hands-on museum, so get those fingers at the ready. At night, take a ghost walk to discover the spooky goings on at Asheville Mystery Museum, the private collection of ghost hunter Joshua P. Warren, which is hidden in the basement of the city's creepy Masonic Temple.

Mild-mannered Asheville is a treat all year round

Set at a high elevation, Asheville benefits from a surprisingly temperate climate throughout the year. The summer sees the most sun, but it can get rather humid in July and August. Fall is one of the busiest times to visit, when the fall foliage brings a blaze of color to the city and its mountainous surrounds. For comfortable temperatures and low humidity, the best times to visit are spring and fall, when the city sees bright days and plenty of sunshine. In winter, the mercury drops but rarely below freezing, and snowfall is rare.

Go wild in the country in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Surrounded by North Carolina's magnificent Blue Ridge Mountains, a Downtown Asheville vacation rental makes a great base for hikers. The city is within an hour's drive of both Pisgah National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where the legendary Appalachian Trail passes through. But the biggest draw to Asheville is its proximity to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. The range is home to a variety of wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for black bear, herds of free-roaming elk, and cute river otters. Gaze up and see bald eagles and peregrine falcons glide overhead.