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Asheville wins No. 3 ranking on ‘Best Small Towns to Visit’ list
Wednesday, 02 August 2017 12:43

From Staff Reports

Asheville was the only North Carolina city to make the cut in a recent U.S. News & World Report story about the “Best Small Towns to Visit in the USA.”

Asheville captured the No. 3 spot on the list —  just behind Sonoma, Calif., No. 1; and Breckenridge, Colo., No. 2.

While the city has experienced a surge in tourism in recent years, reaching nearly 11 million visitors last year, the ranking is likely to trigger an even larger turnout of tourists.

The U.S. News & World Report ranking detailed many of the reasons why.

THe magazine described Asheville as a “quaint mountain town. Hipster haven. Beer City USA. Outdoorsman’s retreat. College town. Bluegrass home. Culinary destination. Try as you might, it’s impossible to give Asheville just one label. Located in western North Carolina just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, the city is an unexpected gem, where a vibrant arts scene intertwines with Southern traditions and beautiful scenery. It’s safe to say, no matter what your interests, Asheville has something to offer you.

“While history buffs get lost on the grounds of the Biltmore Estate, epicureans can sample from a culinary smorgasbord and test their taste buds at one of the city’s many breweries.”

What’s more, it touts the River Arts District as a destination for “culture hounds,” and it suggests adventure seekers can “go full-throttle hiking, biking, zip lining or whitewater rafting in one of the numerous parks and forests.”

“Asheville meshes together these personalities to make something uniquely its own, with an identity that is always changing, but somehow stays true to its roots,” it reads.

The magazine chose cities from places with a population of “fewer than 100,000 that offer plenty of restaurants and attractions, plus have a unique character all their own.”

To rank its list, the magazine analysed all small towns in America with a population of less than 100,000 that offer a wide range of restaurants and attractions, plus have a unique character all their own.

Asheville also was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the No. 20 in Best Places to Visit in the U.S. —  just behind Seattle (No. 19) and Yosemite (No. 18).



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