48 Hours of Cool Things to Do in Downtown Asheville, NC

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48 Hours of Cool Things to Do in Downtown Asheville, NC

In a country as big and as populated as the USA, it’s easy for cities to become a perfectly planned replica of each other, forcing you, as a travele

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In a country as big and as populated as the USA, it’s easy for cities to become a perfectly planned replica of each other, forcing you, as a traveler, to dig deep to uncover its unique story. That’s not Asheville!

Downtown Asheville, North Carolina
Downtown Asheville

Asheville, North Carolina, is not shy about hiding its personality. It confidently shines it from its surrounding mountain peaks to its bustling, vibrant streets in the valley.

In this post, we’re sharing the top things to do in Downtown Asheville, not the surrounding areas. We’ll have future posts on things to do in the Asheville region.

Downtown Asheville, North Carolina
Beautiful downtown Asheville

We spent two nights in Downtown Asheville and were so happy to do nothing else but explore the wonder of it’s core streets. (we still have so many things left on our Asheville wish list.)

Why we love Unique Downtown Asheville

Downtown Asheville, North Carolina
Lexington Ave reminded us of a suburb in Sydney near where we grew up

Being in Downtown Asheville felt like I had stepped into the world. Sometimes I felt like I was in Newtown (a suburb of Sydney, Australia), at other times in San Francisco, then in a moment I was transported to London, Dublin, and Thailand.

How can you not love a city that reflects the cultural diversity of our planet and brings to the surface some of your best travel memories? It wraps you up in a warm blanket of comfort, assurance, joy, and a feeling that everything is okay in the world.

Mural in Downtown Asheville, North Carolina
Cool mural in downtown Asheville

It’s now one of my favorite outdoor adventure towns in the USA and, at only four hours’ drive from Raleigh, I can’t wait to keep returning.

Our daughters took to it straight away as well, which is a great sign, especially when you have a teen in the family!

About Downtown Asheville

Hotel Indigo, Downtown Asheville
Surrounded by gorgeous mountains

Asheville is the commercial hub of Western North Carolina and is surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Pisgah National Forest.

Downtown Asheville has a funky, bohemian vibe showcased in its local selection of shops, restaurants, cafes, art galleries and street performers.

There are no expectations in Asheville for you to be anything but yourself. Although a laid-back spirit and love for life will help you feel a part of the community.

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