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America's Best College Towns

No. 8 Asheville, NC

Sure, the most popular tourist attraction is the opulent Biltmore Estate, but Asheville itself is down-to-earth and, according to T+L readers, quirky in the best of ways. A highly satisfying, if jam-packed, day could include: whitewater rafting, hiking, or mountain biking; small-batch brews at Wicked Weed Brewing; a pie and a pint at Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria; and a concert at The Orange Peel or, if it’s summer, on the lawn at Pack Square Park for Shindig on the Green. These are the kind of everyman pleasures that appeal to students of UNC Asheville and visitors alike.

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