Top Reasons to Go

Biltmore Estate: The 250-room Biltmore House, modeled after the great Renaissance châteaux of the Loire Valley in France, is the largest private home in America.

Blue Ridge Parkway: This winding two-lane road, which ends at the edge of the Great Smokies and shows off the highest mountains in eastern America, is the most scenic drive in the South and the most visited national park site in the country.

Asheville: Hip and artsy with scores of restaurants and active nightlife, Asheville is one of America's coolest places to live and to visit.

Engaging small towns: It's easy to fall in love with the charm, style, and Southern hospitality of Black Mountain, Blowing Rock, Brevard, and Hendersonville, to name a few.

Mountain art and crafts: The mountains are a center of handmade art and crafts, with more than 4,000 working craftspeople.

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