Renee and I had a 3 day weekend coming up so we decided to try our luck with a road trip to Asheville, NC. We’ve always heard good things about this city: tons of craft breweries, hiking trails galore, and amazing food made this city land in many different travel articles’ top 10 places to visit in the U.S. And wow, it definitely didn’t disappoint! We wish we had longer than 3 days to explore this city. The abundance of shops, restaurants, and beer will definitely bring us back!
What To Do
Explore downtown by foot
Downtown Asheville is very walk-able, it only took us about 15 minutes to walk end to end. There are tons of cute shops, restaurants galore, and many bars/breweries that have rooftop patios to catch the sunset!
Visit the craft breweries
Asheville has the most breweries per capita in the U.S. There are over 20 local brewers within the downtown area and over 40+ in the surrounding areas! The South Slope neighborhood has many breweries within walking distance of one another, including our favorites Wicked Weed, Burial Beer, and Hi-Wire. You could easily spend a day walking around the city trying out different beers fro the many breweries!
Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway
Known as one of the most beautiful drives in the U.S., the Blue RIdge Parkway runs for 469 miles through Virginia and North Carolina. It goes directly through Asheville, so we decided to take a couple day trips to check out the surrounding areas. There are hundreds of stop offs, hiking trails, and scenic overlooks along the parkway so just choose a few and you won’t be disappointed. Our favorite hikes were the trails to the Beacon Heights Overlook, Devils Courthouse, and High Falls.
Where to Eat + Drink + Explore
- Tupelo Honey – great brunch spot
- Wicked Weed Brewing Company – good food and beer
- The Coffee Bus – cool experience, it’s a coffee shop in an old school double-decker bus
- Rhubarb – a little pricey, but our dinner was amazing!
- Hi-Wire Brewery
- Burial Beer
- Funkatorium – tons of different sour beers to choose from
- Mountain View Restaurant – small restaurant we stopped at along the Blue Ridge Parkway with scenic views
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