Asheville, North Carolina, is the biggest urban getaway in Southern Appalachia, but it feels like a little mountain town.
It has world-class beer and food scenes, but you can show up to 5-star restaurants in muddy hiking clothes, and no one will bat an eyelash.
Asheville has a reputation for weirdness, and nowhere is that more evident than on a tour with La Zoom.
Two-hour tours on the big purple bus are an essential Asheville experience. The guides are hilarious and will make sure you have a fabulous time.
While the Blue Ridge Parkway views make Asheville famous, the area also boasts one of the most significant concentrations of waterfalls in the nation. There are over 500 major cascades within the region.
Asheville has an enormous mountain biking community and a trail network to support it. MTB enthusiasts can find wild technical descents on trails like Avery Creek or plunge 4,000 feet down the Black Mountain ridge on Snook’s Nose.