Great
Smoky Mountains
National Park


Fishing Calendar National Park Information email More Information GSMNP Index attractions in the smokies smoky mountains maps Weather in GSMNP Cabins, Chalets, Condos, Hotels, Motels, Bed and Breakfast Inn, Campgrounds and Lodges. Great Smoky Mountains National Park smoky mountain cabins, cabin rentals gatlinburg tn hotels, pigeon forge tn hotels FishingCalendar National Park InformationemailMore InformationGSMNP Indexattractions in the smokiessmoky mountains mapsWeather in GSMNPCabins, Chalets, Condos, Hotels, Motels, Bed and Breakfast Inn, Campgrounds and Lodges.Great Smoky Mountains National Parksmoky mountain cabins, cabin rentalsgatlinburg tn hotels, pigeon forge tn hotels

asheville north carolina, ashville nc, smokey mountains

Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville, NC is a lively, sophisticated Smoky Mountains city that's home to the Vanderbilt's Biltmore Estate, the leading attraction of the Great Smoky Mountains, second only to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP).

Asheville NC was just another small western North Carolina townbiltmore estate, asheville nc, great smoky mountains until 1889 when the venerable George Vanderbilt visited and was impressed by all he saw. He returned shortly after his visit and purchased over 100,000 acres to develop the beautiful estate now called Biltmore. Nearby, Vanderbilt founded a model village--Biltmore Village--and also brought in experts on forestry, architecture, landscape design to deveop the European look the estate retains.

In addition to the Biltmore Estate, Asheville NC has much to offer the traveler. Asheville has some great lodging accommodations including hotels and many wonderful B&Bs--not to mention the rustic and luxury cabins in the surrounding mountains. Choose from a fine selection of restaurants with a wide variety of cuisine (More on restaurants). Entertainment-wise, the city of Asheville has a symphony orchestra, minor league baseball (Asheville Tourists), and offerings at community theaters. For those especially interested in shopping, enjoy the Lexington, Pack Square, and Battery Hill shopping Districts.

Asheville's downtown comprises 60 square blocks with architecture dating from the years 1890-1930. Asheville NC is surrounded by mountains: the Newfound Mountains, the Bald Mountains, the Pisgah Mountains, and the Great Balsams. This group of mountains boasts the highest peak in the east--Mt. Mitchell at 6,690 feet. And at the base of these mountains sits Asheville NC in the impressive valley through which the French Broad River runs.ashville nc, great smoky mountains, park in fall

Asheville's special events include Lake Eden Arts Festival the last weekend in May; the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival the first weekend in August; Village Art and Craft Fair the first weekend in August; Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands in mid-October, and Belle Chere festival during the last weekend in July. Belle Chere events control the downtown area for 3 days and offers rock and pop, jazz, and bluegrass music, plus street food vendors providing many types of cuisine.

Asheville puts a lot of effort preparing for very active travelers. Gardens and parks offer fishing and walking; outdoor outfitters are available to help with rock climbing, ballooning, and whitewater rafting; bicycle shops assist you with bikes; and there are several resort golf courses and horseback-riding stables.

Smoky Mountain cabins



Vacation Information

Home - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
National Park Info LodgingHikingFishing
WeatherMaps & DirectionsEventsAttractionsSite MapLinks
Towns: Pigeon Forge TNGatlinburg TennesseeSeviervilleTownsendAshevilleBryson CityCherokeeMaggie ValleyHighlandsDillsboroBlowing Rock NCWaynesville NCAdvertise

 

gatlinberg tn, smoky mountains
Asheville, North Carolina

Copyright © 1997-2006