Asheville is a nature lover’s paradise in western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. It is Western North Carolina’s business hub and a world acclaimed tourist destination having been named one of “15 must-see travel destinations in the world” by Frommer’s travel guides. Asheville is known for its thriving downtown Arts District, historic sites and the incomparable Biltmore estate.
Elite Airways offers non-stop flights between Vero Beach, FL, and Asheville, NC, on Thursdays and Sundays. Click here to check availability or make a reservation.
The Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) is located on 61 Terminal Drive, Fletcher, NC 28732 – 11 miles south of downtown Asheville. Parking is $6-8 per day. The Elite Airways ticket counter is located in the main terminal. Click here for airport website.
Over 2,000 feet above sea level, Asheville is surrounded by the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains. As far back as 1795, its clean mountain air, inviting climate and beautiful natural setting have attracted many in search of relaxation and adventure. Good Morning America selected Asheville as one of the “10 Most Beautiful Places in America”” in 2011.
How “cool” is Asheville? The beautifully preserved city has more art deco architecture than any other city outside of Miami. Visiting shoppers flock to the locally owned-shops and art galleries, distinctive restaurants and the local crafts at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The Downtown Art District is also filled with galleries and museums, and in the nearby River Arts District, former factory buildings house artists' studios. The city has a burgeoning culinary scene, a thriving live music scene and an Appalachian heritage celebrated with annual events such as Shindig on the Green. For local hospitality options, the Asheville area has many historic homes that have been made into bed and breakfasts.
The majestic 19th-century Biltmore estate in Asheville is America's largest home with 250 rooms and century-old gardens. Its 8,000-acre backyard features activities from horseback riding to rafting. Antler Hill Village connects the estate's present and past while providing visitors with dining, shopping, historical exhibits, and entertainment. The vast estate contains artwork by masters like Renoir, the most visited winery in the country, and Biltmore Village – complete tree-lined streets and cobblestone paths.
The landscape of the southern Appalachians, the oldest mountains in the world, is rich in natural wonders and breathtaking vistas. Running right through Asheville is the Blue Ridge Parkway, is one of the best scenic routes in the eastern U.S. It connects the Great Smoky National Park with the Shenandoah National Park. From the Parkway, visitors can enjoy hiking and biking through the awe-inspiring scenery of the Appalachian Mountains. Asheville mountain trails include:
With ziplines, hot air ballons, rafting, fly fishing and much more, Asheville makes for an unforgetable active and healthy getaway.