We’re kicking off our summer road trip series — Hit the Road — with an outdoor adventure-themed trip to Asheville, NC. Surrounded by nature, this area is a great destination for experienced adventurers + novice nature seekers alike.
Before you start packing your bags, here’s everything you need to know about the area + our insider recommendations.
Drive time: ~4.5 hours
Est. population: 93,600
Avg. high in June: 82°
🥾Things to do
Explore the Blue Ridge Mountains and Appalachian Trail on foot with one of Asheville’s many hiking trails. Our picks: Craggy Gardens, Looking Glass Rock, John Rock, Sam Knob, Max Patch.
Hike or drive to one of AVL’s many natural water features like Skinny Dip Falls + Rainbow Falls. If you’re looking for a guided adventure, try a waterfall hike led by Asheville Adventures.
🍽️ Fuel up after hiking
Head to the River Arts District for a cup of Counter Culture Coffee and a bagel. Try his: The “RAD” on an everything bagel.
It’s worth the wait in line (arrive early). Try This: The Filthy Animal — a buttermilk biscuit topped with fried chicken, pimento cheese, bacon, and scrambled eggs smothered in gravy.
Our friends at AVLtoday told us that this spot makes the best burritos in Asheville.
Perfect for a celebration or date night, this restaurant serves elevated plates inspired by Japanese soul food and Southern barbecue. Don’t sleep on the Japanese sweet potato (it’s topped with miso butter, brown sugar, parmesan + umami salt). Good news: Its patio is dog-friendly.
Try an award-winning burger and drink from this downtown favorite.
Thirsty? Try a pint from Asheville’s first cidery. Hang out at the downtown taproom or take some cans to enjoy by a bonfire at your cabin (see below).
Top off the perfect day with a craft cocktail. A “Bee’s Sneeze” on the rooftop lounge sounds great to us. Pro tip: To enter, you must be a member. Don’t worry — it’s just $1.
Stop by this distillery (next door to Antidote) to buy its citrus-forward gin, which just so happens to be the official gin of the 2022 daytime Emmy Awards.
🏕️ Cozy campsites + cabins
Treehouses of Serenity, North Asheville
These unique stays are perched on the side of a mountain. There are seven different rentals to choose from + each sleep up to four people. Prices vary depending on selection and date.
Tiny Home, Weaverville, NC
This spot is the perfect home base for one or two people + costs $99 per night. Located just 10 minutes from downtown Asheville, this charming one-room cottage has a lofted bed and small bathroom.
Retro Resort, North Asheville
Stay in a vintage camper nestled in a private valley; they can sleep 2-6 people. Camper rentals start at $130.
Log Cabin, Lake Lure, NC
This private cabin with access to Lake Lure can sleep 10 people with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. For $242 a night, guests can enjoy amenities like a stone fireplace and a large deck with rocking chairs.