Asheville North Carolina is an up-and-coming city located in the Blue Ridge mountains of western North Carolina. It’s most well known for being home to the Biltmore Estate. Biltmore was built by George Vanderbilt between 1889 and 1895, and occupies nearly 11 acres. The home itself is just under 180,000 square feet, making it the largest privately owned home in the entire country even to this day. But, is there more to Asheville and the Biltmore Estate? Keep reading below to see what other features about the city visitors may find attractive.
While Biltmore is a popular draw for the city, Asheville’s location in the Blue Ridge Mountains is also an excellent reason to visit the city. The Blue Ridge Mountains are one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, and the Blue Ridge Parkway itself is the most visited national park in the country, and it’s this popularity that helps drive tourists to Asheville.
Asheville was once a popular destination for tourists and potential new home buyers who were looking to get away from big-city life. The city used to be smaller and quieter which made it a good choice for folks looking for a place like that. Unfortunately, this popularity has caused the city to grow, and as usually happens when cities grow, the original appeal goes away. This is happening in Asheville as well, but not as quickly as it has happened in other cities.
Asheville still has a rather small town feel to it despite having a population approaching 100,000 people.The city is still home to many festivals and activities you would expect in a small town environment, not a larger city environment like the one Asheville North Carolina is turning into.
If you’re planning a trip to Asheville North Carolina, by all means, check out the Biltmore Estate. But don’t limit yourself to Biltmore only. The city of Asheville has lots more to offer than that.