If you happen to make it to North Carolina to see the fall foliage, Asheville is one city that you do not want to miss. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains each autumnm Asheville’s leaves are adorned with an array of vibrant colors and foliage that will truly leave you in awe. Orange, red, gold, purple — the leaves in the tranquil mountains display brilliant hues, that attract people from around the world year after year.
Yahoo News —
“The city of 76,000 in Western North Carolina with a small-town, artsy feel, has become a big-time fall foliage destination, not just for the leaves but also for festivals celebrating the area’s arts culture, beer and bluegrass music. The mix of things to see and do is especially appealing for fall travelers looking for an alternative to New England’s better-known but sometimes crowded autumn byways.”
If you are interested in taking in the fall foliage, the entire Asheville area features a variety of activities that people of all ages can take pleasure in doing. While a scenic drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway is the least expensive option — it ranks as an enjoyable experience for all.
Aside from a scenic drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, check out a list of our favorite Asheville excursions, where you can preview the lovely autumn leaves.
We believe a hike is simply not a hike — unless it is done surrounded by the beauty of the mountains. The foliage in and near Asheville, in the fall provides a picturesque backdrop for any nature hike. Regardless of your experience level — the perfect trail awaits.
Zip Line Canopy Tour
For anyone who is feeling both active and adventurous, a zip line canopy tour is an ideal day excursion. Numerous local companies in Western NC offer this exciting activity for tourists to enjoy.
Hot Air Balloon Ride
Consider a one-hour hot air balloon tour for an unforgettable experience. Explore the majestic scenery with Asheville Hot Air Balloons, in the Hominy Valley amongst the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains.
A helicopter tour is an excellent way, to obtain an aerial view of western North Carolina regional landmarks. Depending on the length of your tour with Falcon Airlink, you may see Chimney Rock, the Green River gorge, Looking Glass Rock or the waterfalls of Transylvania County to name a few destinations.
Our list only features a handful of activities in the Asheville area. Aside from being home to the largest private home in America — Biltmore Estate — Asheville, North Carolina offers amazing restaurants, museums, galleries, boutique shopping and festivals.
Additional information available at exploreasheville.com.