Asheville, North Carolina: Why This Is A Place You Will Want To Visit More Than Once

Asheville is the kind of place you have to visit more than once. Each time, there is a host of new experiences to be had, which is probably why I love this little city with big-city culture in the heart of western North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains so much. An eclectic city, Asheville is a hip place with an unofficial "brewery district" in the South Slope neighborhood – although there is much more here than just beer. Asheville is also known for its historic architecture, like the expansive 19th-century Biltmore estate and the domed Basilica of Saint Lawrence. And for its buzzing arts scene with two distinct gallery districts, the Downtown Arts District, where you'll find a host of galleries and museums, and the nearby River Arts District, where factory buildings have been converted into funky artist studios and boutiques and great shopping abounds. Best of all, Asheville is also a foodie town, and I love the big flavors on offer when it comes to its vibrant dining scene.

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My passion for travel was unlocked when I spent some years living across Europe and South America. I've never been one to shy away from a new adventure, be it swimming with pigs in the Bahamas, bird watching in the Galapagos or Heli-Hiking in British Columbia. And while I used to mostly travel solo, I now like to hit the road with my 4-year-old son, 1-year-old-daughter and husband in tow. The best part of travel to me now is getting to see the world through their eyes. Whether they are petting goats during an Oregon farm stay or making their very own pizza in Idaho, their enthusiasm and joy never fails to remind me of why I love travel.

Denver, CO

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