Quirky and lovely, Asheville, North Carolina, sits among a sea of quiet, rolling mountains. While shopping for world-class crafts is a favorite pastime, the main focus is on the outdoors, which lie on your doorstep no matter where you are in town. Hiking, rock climbing, paddle sports, flyfishing, skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking and llama trekking are all on the menu here.
Steeped in Southern tradition, the city that gave birth to Tennessee statehood in 1796 boasts a wealth of historic treasures. Native American and pioneer history are both on display here. Yet Knoxville is also in tune with the outdoors. After all, the city and surrounding county offer more than 100 public parks, greenways, and recreation facilities. From Smoky Mountains NP to Cumberland Gap to Big South Fork National River, you'll never be lacking for wilderness.
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