If you make the trek to Asheville, North Carolina you will find yourself immersed in an unmistakable mountain vibe. They are known well for a great selection of beer and a thriving artistic scene. You will also see the miles of panoramic vistas. Asheville is also home to the United States National Climatic Data Center, the world’s largest active archive of weather data.
Notable architecture in Asheville includes its Art Deco city hall, and other unique buildings in the downtown area, such as the Battery Park Hotel, the original of which was 475-feet long with numerous dormers and chimneys; and Grove Arcade, one of America’s first indoor shopping malls.
Biltmore Estate is a large private estate and tourist attraction in Asheville, North Carolina. Biltmore House, the main house on the estate, is a Chateauesque-styled mansion built by George Washington Vanderbilt between 1889 and 1895 and is the largest privately owned house in the US, at 178,926 square feet of floor space. Still owned by one of Vanderbilt’s descendants, it stands today as one of the most prominent remaining examples of the Gilded Age.
While I was there I enjoyed cycling along the Blue Ridge Parkway which is a National Parkway and All-American Road in the United States, noted for its scenic beauty. The parkway, which is America’s longest linear park, runs for 469 miles through twenty-nine Virginia and North Carolina counties, mostly along the Blue Ridge, a major mountain chain that is part of the Appalachian Mountains. The Parkway, while not a “National Park,” has been the most visited unit of the National Park System every year since 1946 except one 1949.