2013's Best Four-Day Vacations

Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville, North Carolina (iStockphoto)
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Asheville, North Carolina
The Lord of the Rings brought ’em to New Zealand. Twilight fans made pilgrimages to Forks, Washington. And because of The Hunger Games, tourism in North Carolina is on the rise (the tourism office even has a Hunger itinerary). Spots to hit include DuPont State Forest—complete with waterfalls, lakes, hiking, and fishing—and Asheville, where the stars hung out after work and you can make your home-base. Other great outdoor, non-Hunger attractions include the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, survival courses at the Nantahala Outdoor Center near Bryson City, and the John C. Campbell Folk School, which teaches beekeeping and woodworking near Brasstown.

Beer enthusiasts will want to schedule a trip in April, when North Carolina's first Beer Month takes place. Asheville has been dubbed "Beer City U.S.A.," boasting more breweries per capita that any other U.S. city. And many of its 11 craft breweries are participating in the events of beer month.

Read more about traveling to Asheville.
Check out the best hotels in Asheville, particularly the famous Grove Park Inn, which celebrates its centennial in 2013 with fun events and special rate packages.

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