There’s a reason why Western North Carolina is one of the biggest tourist spots in the country. Asheville and the surrounding areas have been called some of the most beautiful and romantic places in the United States. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, WNC is the perfect mix of outdoors and urban living, with tons of five-star restaurants and mountains to climb. Check out some of our top choices below:

The Biltmore Estate

The Biltmore Estate is Asheville’s most popular attraction, and for good reason. The house itself is the largest in the country, and the estate is home to a winery, livestock, and hiking trails. 8,000 acres of fun.

Looking Glass Falls

Located in Pisgah, about 45 minutes away from Downtown Asheville, Looking Glass Falls is one of the most beautiful spots in all of North Carolina. It’s a wonderful sight to see, but the best part is that you can swim around and underneath the falls. Words can’t do it justice, check it out for yourself yourself! It’s truly a magical experience.

Downtown Asheville

Downtown Asheville is a world famous tourist destination. This is the hotspot for all of Asheville’s wacky, off-the-wall culture. You’re bound to see something interesting while you’re here, from the Friday night drum-circle, to nuns on bicycles (seriously). While Asheville might be off-kilter, the dining here is anything but. From fine Asian cuisine, to Indian street food and Brazilian steakhouses, Downtown Asheville has it all.

Asheville Breweries

Asheville won the title of “BeerCity, USA” three years in a row, and for good reason. We’re home to some of the most popular craft beers and breweries in the country, including New Belgium, Sierra Nevada, and Highland Brewing Co.. If you’re craving something a little more “out there”, try The Amazing Pubcycle downtown. Ride around the city with 12 other people enjoying the best beers Asheville has to offer.

Blue Ridge Parkway

As simple as it may sound, driving up on the Blue Ridge Parkway is a great experience. Tons of overlooks and hiking trails dot the winding roads, with plenty of jawdropping views along the way. If you’re looking for something relaxing and romantic, go for a stroll along the parkway. If you’re visiting in the fall, you owe it to yourself to see the colorful leaves all along the mountaintops.