Asheville, North Carolina in 15 Gorgeous Photos

Jessica Peterson

Asheville, North Carolina fall autumn foliage

Asheville was the first official stop on the Great American Roadtrip in my Airstream trailer. With the goal of visiting as many national parks as possible, I saw one picture of the Blue Ridge Parkway and I knew I had to see it for myself.

We parked at a tiny campground outside of Asheville at the foothills of Pisgah National Forest. After the hustle and bustle of moving from Guam to the U.S. this summer, remodeling an Airstream, and client work in Dominican Republic, I was ready for the slow life.

Asheville was the perfect spot for the Hubs and I to catch our breath and enjoy this new life of ours.

What to Do in Asheville

We spent our days driving the gorgeous two-lane Blue Ridge Parkway and our nights exploring the charming streets of downtown Asheville. We planned a few hikes to waterfalls and with the leaves peeking a gorgeous orange and red, I was stoked to put my drone in the air and take it all in. We stumbled onto a hoe down of sorts on the Parkway, where I was whisked onto the dance floor by a very suave elderly man. The Hubs looked on in amusement. It made me feel like I was exploring a culture for the first time, which is what I hoped this roadtrip would offer. (It was hard to leave Guam just for the fact that Asia travel was so easy from there.)

Touring the Biltmore Mansion and gardens was a highlight, even if it the most expected thing to do in Asheville.

What to Eat in Asheville

I got recommendations from locals about where to eat and they were spot on. Try the housemade ravioli at Rezaz Mediterranean Restaurant, which is near the Biltmore. Head over the hip Nightbell downtown for drinks and tapas. The shrimp and grits at Pomodoros Greek & Italian Cafe was to die for. And for the best salsa ever made, dine at Mamas and Beers, an unassuming Mexican restaurant right outside of town.

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Asheville is hip and unpretentious town that attracts immigrants from all over. We had a lovely chat with a waitress from Ireland who said the mountains called to her so she came. I can see how that’s true for both the tourists and the residents of Asheville.

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Jessica Peterson is a travel filmmaker, photographer, and journalist. She released her first documentary film about indigenous culture on Guam in 2016, after having lived nearly 7 years on the Pacific island. Jessica is currently on the Great American Roadtrip in her Airstream trailer.
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  • We’ve been to the Blue Ridge Mountains, but have not been to Asheville, NC. It looks like a beautiful place!

  • Chi

    Asheville is a really beautiful city in western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains!! Your photo post is wonderful and makes me want to visit there so much.

  • Vyjay Rao

    Wow! All the pictures are so fascinating , specially the first one. The orange and red leaves all around are making the surrounding even more beautiful and pleasant.
    Asheville looks like a gorgeous destination to visit.

  • We’ve never been to North Carolina but it sounds like if we ever do we need to visit Asheville. Your pictures make it look like an absolutely stunning city.

  • Neha Verma

    Never been here but I am sure to visit one day. Your pictures are so stunning. I love the splash and the shades of color in these pics

  • FullTimeCanada

    We’re also full-time RVing and are always looking for fantastic places to go. For a while the Blueridge Parkway has been on my list and your fantastic pictures only solidify it’s place on that list. Have you brought your Airstream into Canada yet?

    • Not been to Canada in the Airstream yet. Maybe summer when it’s warm enough!

  • Kevin Wagar

    I love all those fall colours! You really captured some spectacular imagery of the countryside.

  • Fall colors in the photos are amazing! I had to google what a hoe down means, that sounds like an absolute fun! Did you get to take a video of yourself dancing? 🙂

    • Ha ha. I guess that’s a very American term. There is no photographic evidence of the dancing. I guess my husband was too shocked to press record.

  • Asheville is lush and gorgeous in the autumn. We’ve heard great things about the people there too. How have you found the locals?

  • Vyjay Rao

    Asheville is so vividly colourful and stunning. The place looks so surreal, could have jumped out of a painting or a poet’s imagination. The pictures being alive the magic of the place.

  • Asheville is so vibrant and gorgeous. Your pictures just evoke so much wanderlust. I would just like to walk around and experience this all. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Wow Asheville looks incredible! What amazing autumn colours you have captured, this makes me want to pack up and go now! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Gosh, you photos are breathtaking! As a foreigner, you don’t really hear much about North Carolina, the most talked about places are LA, Colorado, Utah etc. I honestly would have never thought about visiting if it weren’t for this post!

    Looks like I’ll need to check out your Great American Road Trip post for more tips!

    • Yes, I would never have visited Asheville if my Facebook friends hadn’t recommended it!

  • Ahh, I love those autumn colours! Your photos are gorgeous, it must be such a beautiful place.

  • Rashmi & Chalukya

    Looks like the perfect destination to explore falls! Loved those gorgeous colors in your captures. Would definitely love to visit.