Asheville Tourism

Situated in North Carolina, United States, Asheville owns a paradisiacal charm that has remained unaffected by the pressures of commercialization. The misty Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountains provide visitors a magical natural backdrop to the town of Asheville. The town boasts of a stunning location and its proximity to the University of North Carolina's Asheville campus has led the city to co-opt that intellectual vibe. Walk down the streets of Asheville and you will able to look at a number of intellectuals, artists, writers and other creative types, creating a thriving, cultural enclave here. Visitors can explore the galleries of the burgeoning River Arts District; pay a visit to the iconic Biltmore Estate make a visit to one of the many locally sourced, organic eateries that line Asheville's streets.

If you want to see this city in its most resplendent self, then visit it during the fall and see its landscape becoming a host to the fall colour that envelopes everything here. Whether you choose to hike among fall foliage in search of stunning vistas, take a scenic drive through multi-colored forests, or celebrate the harvest with pumpkin fests, corn mazes, and cups of warm apple cider, you’ll soon come to understand why this season lures leaf peepers back to Asheville year after year.

Thanks to the region’s rich bio-diversity and wide range of elevations, Asheville has one of the longest fall foliage seasons in the country. With a number of adventures that render this landscape a coveted tourist destination, Asheville is a must visit in your itinerary of United States. And if you completely want to immerse yourself in the lap of nature, try to board on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad that offers a romantic experience by taking you into some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Great Smoky Mountains. 

Essential travel information and Asheville tips for your visit

Essential Info

  • Time Zone: Asheville follows Eastern Time Zone, UTC/GMT -5 hours. Daylight Saving Time (DST) changes do not necessarily occur on the same date every year.
  • Currency: Currency followed is US Dollars
  • Electricity: Electric power is standardized in all states across the USA. It is set at 110 Volts and 60 cycles. Standard electric plugs with two flat blades are used.
  • Internet: You will easily find Wi-Fi (3Gand 4G) connection in all the hotels in Asheville.
  • Language: The predominant language spoken in Asheville is American English.
  • Emergency numbers: + (828) 252-1110 is the emergency number for police in Ashville .Otherwise, the city is one of the safest to roam around in the world.

Tipping

  • Tipping is not mandatory in Asheville. It is customary in many circumstances for service, especially at almost all sit-down restaurants which offer table service.
  • Be prepared to pay a lot for snacks! There are pizza places and such outside the mansion, but like most tourist attractions you’ll pay extra for convenience.
  • Spring is a wonderful time to go. The flowers are all in bloom.
  • Never make any racial comments while staying in Asheville.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Asheville

  • Know the pollution level of Asheville before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 6.94 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 36.54 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 28.85 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 21.15 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 15.38 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 14.58 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 6.67 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 25 (Low)
  • How safe is Asheville for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Asheville.

    • Burglary and Theft 26.56 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 25 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 34.38 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 39.06 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 26.56 (Low)
    • Drug offense 68.75 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 84.38 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 60.94 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 42.19 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 9.38 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 54.69 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Asheville is 191.8 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 63.64 (High)
    • Climate Index 80.63 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 17.61 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 30.27 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 70.43 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 80.96 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 4.12 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 96.89 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Asheville

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10.25 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 31.14 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 77.08 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 49.25 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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