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The 13 best things to do in Asheville, NC

Although you're going to enjoy this Blue Ridge Mountains destination regardless of your interests, art and history fiends are likely to fall head over heels in love with the best things to do in Asheville, NC.  A vibrant arts scene dominates the local culture: Biltmore, a historic mansion, is home to works by the likes of Renoir; the River Arts District, which used to be dominated by factory buildings, is now where most local artists set up shop;  the Downtown Art District, on the other hand, is where most of the galleries and museums are located.  And if art isn't your thing, opt to explore the endless hiking trail or indulge in the foods prepared at the best restaurants in town. Asheville might not be the biggest city—it's home to just over 89,000 residents—but it's clearly very big in personality, rich in history and delectable in all things food and drink. Ready to explore it? Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.

The 12 best restaurants in Asheville

There’s no denying that the South is home to some of America’s most outstanding cuisine. Try turning down a warm buttermilk biscuit, a platter of crispy fried chicken or a big ol’ bowl of shrimp and grits. We dare you. And while you can find all the above in Asheville, the city’s food scene has so much more to offer. With a continuously growing population, an abundance of regional farms and a brewery scene like no other (one of many things to do in this North Carolina city), Asheville continues to evolve and serve as one of the South’s most exciting food cities. Now’s the time to plan a trip and check out these exciting eateries.