America's Favorite Mountain Towns

Head for the hills: these cool mountain towns beckon with outdoor adventures, festivals, and local color.

No. 16 Asheville, NC

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Asheville could well be the Portland, OR, of the South, with its abundance of microbreweries, art and live music venues, coffeehouses, and committed locavores. (There’s an edible park planted with fruit trees, berry bushes, herbs, and lettuces, all free for the plucking.) The Biltmore château is the biggest attraction, but plenty of tourists head straight for Asheville’s live-music bars, restaurants, even the Friday-night drum circle downtown, a weekly institution. Cradled by the Appalachian and Blue Ridge mountains, Asheville offers plenty of outdoor options; you might start with a canoe ride down the French Broad River.

America's Favorite Mountain Towns

No. 16 Asheville, NC

Asheville could well be the Portland, OR, of the South, with its abundance of microbreweries, art and live music venues, coffeehouses, and committed locavores. (There’s an edible park planted with fruit trees, berry bushes, herbs, and lettuces, all free for the plucking.) The Biltmore château is the biggest attraction, but plenty of tourists head straight for Asheville’s live-music bars, restaurants, even the Friday-night drum circle downtown, a weekly institution. Cradled by the Appalachian and Blue Ridge mountains, Asheville offers plenty of outdoor options; you might start with a canoe ride down the French Broad River.

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