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Asheville north carolina

Asheville, North Carolina is a bucolic and picturesque community in mountainous, western North Carolina. It is a gateway to the awesome Smoky Mountains National Park. It is the county seat of Buncombe County and home to the famous Biltmore estate, a National Historic Landmark. According to the United States Census Bureau, Asheville, North Carolina’s 2012 population was 83,393.

Asheville, North Carolina is habitually listed on anyone’s “Top Fifty Places to Live” or “Top Fifty Places to Visit.” Clean air, beautiful scenery, small-town atmosphere, and friendly natives make Asheville, North Carolina a popular tourist destination. In 2012 Asheville was picked as one of the “10 Most Beautiful Places in America” by Good Morning America. In 2007, Frommer’s “Cities Ranked and Rated” rated Asheville as one of the top seven places to live in the U.S.

Asheville, North Carolina is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains at the confluence of the Swannanoa and the French Broad Rivers. The scenic Blue Ridge Parkway passes nearby the city. The Swannanoa and French Broad Rivers and their tributaries offer opportunities for fishing, canoeing, and kayaking. Asheville is a major hub in the eastern United States of whitewater recreation, particularly whitewater kayaking. Most major kayak manufacturers have their bases of operation in the Asheville area. Also, some of the most distinguished whitewater kayakers live in or around Asheville, North Carolina. In its July/August 2006 journal, American Whitewater named Asheville one of the top five whitewater cities in the United States.

Asheville, North Carolina supports higher education. In addition to the University of North Carolina at Asheville, there are nine other institutions of high learning within or near Asheville.

Asheville is home to the United States National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), which is the world’s largest active archive of weather data. Ashville, North Carolina is also home to the famous and near famous. In addition to numerous professional sportsmen and women, Asheville has been the birthplace, or home, of musicians, singers, poets, artists, authors, stage and movie actors and actresses, politicians and military leaders. The singer Roberta Flack was born in 1937 in Asheville. The actress Andie MacDowell (b. 1958) currently lives in Biltmore Forest, adjacent to Asheville. The politician and Presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925) was born in Asheville, North Carolina and lived there much of his life. The author William Sydney Porter, known as “O. Henry,” (1862-1910) was from Asheville. The list goes on and on.

Asheville, North Carolina supports the performing arts. Live music is a significant element in the tourism-based economy of Asheville and the surrounding area. Asheville has a strong tradition of street performance and outdoor music. Numerous nightclubs and performance venues offer opportunities for visitors and locals to attend a wide variety of live entertainment events.

Seasonal festivals include Bele Chere and the Lexington Avenue Arts & Fun Festival (LAAFF). One fun event is “Shindig on the Green,” which occurs on Saturday nights during July and August at the City/County Plaza. Traditionally, the Shindig starts “around sundown” and features local bluegrass bands and dance teams on stage, and informal jam sessions under the trees surrounding the County Courthouse. Another popular outdoor music event is “Downtown After 5,” a monthly concert series held from 5PM till 9PM that hosts popular touring musicians as well as local acts.

Asheville, North Carolina also plays host to the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam, an annual charity event which raises money for Habitat For Humanity. Regular performers include Haynes himself, and the two bands he plays with, the Allman Brothers Band and Gov’t Mule. Additionally, the Jam attracts nationally touring acts.

Asheville, North Carolina has much to offer the visitor. Visit Asheville soon and discover a bucolic and picturesque world of beauty and serenity.