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Asheville is a beautiful city nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. It’s a great place to visit and is quickly becoming one of the country’s top destinations. With 3 days in Asheville, you can do a bit of sightseeing, get out in the mountains, soak up the city’s vibrant culture, and so much more.
The most popular tourist attraction in Asheville is the Biltmore Estate. This is also the largest privately owned house in the United States. The 8,000-acre estate is a fascinating place to visit. It was built by George Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895 and is still owned by his descendants. This beautiful mansion is a great remaining example of the Gilded Age.
Explore the gardens while you’re there, and be sure to check out the winery as well. In total you’ll need about 3-4 hours to take it all in. You could easily spend the entire day here, but with only 3 days in Asheville you have to keep moving!
Most people spending 3 days in Asheville will visit the city over the weekend. Downtown Asheville is bustling with activity throughout the weekend, so head down there to soak up the lively atmosphere. If you arrive on a Friday, you can catch the weekly drum circle at Pritchard Park. It attracts crowds of locals and tourists who come to bang on a drum or just dance. Everyone is welcome, so make sure to check it out if you’re in town on a Friday.
Take a walk downtown in the evening, and you’ll probably see local musicians “busking” on the street. This is when musicians perform on the street for tips. Toss a couple dollars in their guitar case if you like it! You might also see the pub-cycle drive by – a bar on a huge group bicycle. Around sunset, head to the Sky Bar, where you can take in the views of the city and the surrounding mountains with a tasty cocktail in hand. It’s definitely one of the best views in the city. Looking out, you’ll see why Asheville is nicknamed the “Land of the Sky.”
When it’s time for dinner, you’ve got tons of great options. Asheville is a very eclectic city and it shows in the choices of restaurants you have here. In just a few blocks, you can find North Carolina BBQ, Indian street food, vegan, sushi – the list goes on and on. One of my personal favorites is the Blue Dream Curry House. Here they combine two things I love – curry and tacos. It’s called a naan taco and it’s a fluffy piece of naan bread filled with curry and wrapped up like a taco. It’s delicious!
It’s no secret that Asheville loves beer. The city regularly hosts beer festivals, and it’s also home to the most breweries per capita in the US. A great place to toss back a few with friends is Asheville Brewing Company, where you can order a flight to try four of their delicious craft beers. If you’re curious to try other local beers, there are breweries all over Asheville. We’ll include a few other options in the itinerary on days two and three.
No matter what night of the week it is, you’re sure to find live music in Asheville. Take your pick of the many shows on offer and wind the night down with some tunes. Whether you like bluegrass, hip hop, jazz, funk, or rock, you’re sure to find something you can dance to. On the weekends, you can expect the party to go until about 2AM. You might not want to stay out that late, though. You’ve still got two busy days in Asheville!