Consider the great places to explore on foot. The Alps. Venice. Perhaps the rhododendron-shaded trails of Southern Appalachia should be added to your list? Indeed, few besides the locals have heard of Pinnacle Mountain or Carrick Creek Falls, and few "outsiders" can imagine the great hikes that await here. We won't tell if you won't.
1 Asheville welcomes you with an appealing blend of Jazz Age sophistication and bohemian eccentricity | Meander through the North Carolina Arboretum, which boasts an extraordinary native plant collection | Catch your breath at the sight of French-inspired Biltmore Estate, which still reigns as America's largest privately owned residence, and one of the world's most opulent properties | Take a private tour of the luxurious family home of George and Edith Vanderbilt.
2 Soak up the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with stretch-forever vistas of valleys, mountains, woodland, waterfalls and historic sites | Hike amid luxuriant rhododendron and rocky granite crags to stunning panoramic views | Treat yourself to a tasting at Antler Hill Village and Winery.
3-4 Our walk through pine and hemlock woodland in DuPont Forest is all about waterfalls—four postcard-perfect cascades that range from 8 to 120 feet | Tackle a challenging climb up to Table Rock Mountain for stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains or choose a lovely creekside loop through an oak, hickory and hemlock forest to Carrick Creek Falls | Savor the beautiful surroundings and calming atmosphere of the Mediterranean-style Hotel Domestique.
5 Journey to Paris Mountain State Park, developed during the Great Depression by the Civilian Conservation Corps and now on the National Register of Historic Places.