Living in North Carolina puts you in prime adventure territory. Residents here enjoy 300 miles of pristine beaches and some of the country’s most beautiful old-growth hardwood forests and mountain tops.
North Carolina is nothing if not real, down to earth, and honest to goodness great place to live. So without further ado, here are the top 18 small cities in The Tar Heel State:
18. Asheville, NC: A Small City With Many Accolades
While many people might not consider Asheville a small city with a population of 83,393 and the designation of if being one of the largest cities in North Carolina, it actually made the top ranking as one of the top 25 smallest cities in America according to American Style Magazine.
Perhaps it is because Asheville has maintained its quiet small city atmosphere with all its local shops, cultural museums, and historical attractions. Asheville started as a small outpost in 1797 where Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett would travel through leading out into the wild frontier, according to Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority.
It wasn’t until the first railroad was built that Asheville gained a place on the map. The city was then considered a therapeutic center and resort, and a great place for an outdoor adventure. Walking around this town, visiting museums and submersing yourself in the culture is one of the best ways to achieve some downtime and relax.
Today, people visit Asheville due to its numerous Art Deco buildings, art galleries and cultural programs. The city has always supported pioneers, poets, and artists for generations.
The American novelist Thomas Wolfe who wrote the famous works of “Look Homeward, Angel” and “You Can’t Go Home Again” was born in Asheville as reported by the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority. Also, the famous art collector George W. Vanderbilt built his grand estate in the city of Asheville in 1880.
The city’s rich history is turning the downtown region into a renaissance district. If you aren’t into art and history, Asheville still sports plenty of outdoor activities from mountain hiking, white water rafting, and horseback riding along the Blue Ridge Mountains and the French Broad River, advises Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority.
If you are in the mood for some shopping, you’ll find tons of eclectic shops to choose from where you will find unusual and one-of-a-kind items to take home from your summer trip.