Lonely Planet, the largest travel guide book publisher in the world recently named Asheville the number 1 U.S. travel destination in 2017. The choice was made primarily because of its welcoming, creative spirit and eclectic architecture. Asheville also has a thriving artistic community and booming food and drink scene – all surrounded by spectacular natural beauty.

Lonely Planet scoured the United States for the destinations “most poised to shine” in the coming year and found Asheville to lead the way with new happenings, exciting grand openings, and big growth.

Asheville and the surrounding Western NC mountains have often been noticed by the movie industry as well for its stunning natural beauty. For some of the most noted movies watch this video, then when you arrive here, you will be ready to take in some of the sites of your favorite movies.