Are you considering visiting North Carolina? This article will serve as a tourists guide to the city of Asheville, and will provide an overview of the wide range of activities that are at your disposal. We will talk about the music, beer, and art culture in Asheville, as well as some fun activities to explore during your visit.
Downtown After 5
Asheville is a city with a passion for music. Every year there are countless free music shows in downtown asheville, hosted by the city. These events are supported by the whole community with huge turnouts, they even shut down sections of the street and allow drinking (with purchase of a wristband) and food trucks.
A popular event that is put on by the city of Asheville on a regular basis is called Downtown after 5, it is a really fun music show that happens every third friday the month between May and September.
The Orange Peel
Another flagship establishment of Asheville is the venue, The Orange Peel. The Orange Peel has been around for a very long time and has hosted huge names in music including Mumford and Sons, Skrillex, The Misfits, ZOSO, and Slightly Stoopid, among many many more.
The Orange peel has a show in store almost every night, it is definitely a top place to check out for all Asheville tourists.
Highland Brewing Company
Asheville is quickly becoming the craft beer headquarters of the east, with a large variety of beers being crafted in and around the city itself. A longstanding and very popular brewery in the Asheville area is Highland Brewing Company. Take a trip out to the brewery and enjoy a Gaelic Ale!
Lexington Avenue Brewery (L.A.B)
L.A.B. is a great place to check out on your journey through downtown Ashveille, conveniently located in the middle of downtown on Lexington Avenue its the perfect place to stop for lunch and enjoy a craft beer.
Wicked Weed Brewing Company
Wicked Weed is another great place to stop and relax for a nice locally brewed craft beer. Located just a few blocks away from the Orange Peel venue, Wicked Weed makes another convenient downtown destination.
The Thirsty Monk
The Thirsty Monk is not a brewery itself, however it has a vast multitude of draft beers available at a moments notice, including an entire bar (on a separate level) dedicated to Belgian beers. The Thirsty Monk is conveniently located on the corner of Patton and Coxe in downtown Asheville.
Having one of the best draft beer selections in the city, The Thirsty Monk is a must for any beer enthusiasts in the area
The River Arts District
The River Arts District in Asheville is an amazing place to visit, and you really should just walk through and experience it all for yourself. However, I do recommend Jonas Gerards art studio as a stop on your visit to the River Arts District. Jonas is a world renowned abstract artist with an amazing gallery for all Asheville tourists to experience!
A view of the entrance to Jonas Gerards gallery. His gallery makes for a nice, quiet afternoon getaway
The Blue Ridge Parway
Going for a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway is a must for all Asheville tourists. Experience the beautiful scenery of the mountains like you never have before, from the comfort of your own car. There is a multitude of pull offs and overlooks along the way, guaranteeing a wonderful afternoon of activities. The beautiful and popular Craggy Gardens is just a short drive on the parkway away from downtown Asheville, pictured below.
Just about an hour outside of Asheville, Cataloochee Ranch is an excellent destination for all Asheville tourists. Offering horseback riding year round and skiing and snowboarding in the winter months, Cataloochee Ranch is guaranteed to please.
Discgolf at Richmond Hill
Richmond Hill Disc Golf course is located just a few minutes outside of downtown Asheveille and provides an awesome, easy to access, outdoor activity for Asheville tourists. The course is a full 18 holes and is extremely well maintained, zig zagging through the forests of Richmond Hill.
Asheville is a great travel destination with fun activities for everyone. I hope that this article helps you discover some of what Asheville has to offer, and inspires a more enjoyable travel experience for you and your fellow Asheville tourists.