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Asheville, NC - Where Are the Best Views in Asheville?

Updated on April 8, 2015
Asheville Downtown (HDR)
Asheville Downtown (HDR) | Source

Asheville is a beautiful city. Nestled in the Appalachian, Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, the city itself boasts diverse architecture, beautiful artistry and some of the most stunning views in the world; every day has something new to show you in the Land of the Sky.

Those of us who live here rightly celebrate the beauty of our city and the mountains that surround us. Every season brings a new perspective, a shifting of nature’s colors. There’s plenty to look at in the city as well, from our architecture to our residents, celebrating art, culture and nature.

That’s why it’s helpful to know just where you can appreciate the sights that the city and surrounding area have to share; whether you want to appreciate the Art Deco buildings, the fascinating city skyline or the majesty of the Great Smoky Mountains, there are lots of spots around town that provide great vantage points.

Here’s a collection of some of the best images showcasing our city and the views around us. We’ll share some of the best views here, together with maps to make them easy to find.

Downtown Asheville, looking west
Downtown Asheville, looking west | Source

Great viewing places in Downtown Asheville

  • See a lot of Asheville at once by standing on top of the hill at Hiawassee and looking towards Broadway; higher up the hill is better – Find Hiawassee on a map
  • If you like Baseball, why not try the view from Memorial Stadium, above McCormick Field – Map to Memorial Stadium
  • If you want a cocktail with your view over the mountains, the Sky Bar in Downtown Asheville is hard to beat – Get to the Sky Bar with this map

Downtown Asheville panorama
Downtown Asheville panorama | Source
Asheville in the Fall
Asheville in the Fall | Source

Places to get a great view in South Asheville

  • Go to the AB Tech Campus that looks over the French Broad River to get a 300 degree view of the city and mountains; look due west in the evenings for a stunning sunset –Locate the AB Tech campus on a map


East Asheville views

Asheville from Town Mountain Road
Asheville from Town Mountain Road | Source

Views in North Asheville

  • Hy Vu Drive off of Merrimon is apparently great for views, especially fireworks, either in Downtown or at the Grove Park Inn – A map of Hy Vu Drive
  • It’s a bit of a drive, but North Griffing Boulevard and Sunset Drive provide some stunning views – Find North Griffing and Sunset

Asheville by Night
Asheville by Night | Source
Pack Square, Asheville
Pack Square, Asheville | Source

Outside Asheville

  • Outside town, to the South West, Mount Pisgah has some spectacular scenery and views – Mapping Mount Pisgah

View from the Blue Ridge Parkway, North of Asheville
View from the Blue Ridge Parkway, North of Asheville | Source
View from a Mountain on the Blue Ridge Parkway, North of Asheville
View from a Mountain on the Blue Ridge Parkway, North of Asheville | Source

The buildings of Asheville

We've not just got great views, we've also got some stunning architecture.

The Courthouse & City Hall, Asheville (AKA 'The Wedding Cake and the box it came in)
The Courthouse & City Hall, Asheville (AKA 'The Wedding Cake and the box it came in) | Source
S&W Cafeteria - An Art Deco building in Asheville
S&W Cafeteria - An Art Deco building in Asheville | Source
The Flatiron Building in Downtown Asheville
The Flatiron Building in Downtown Asheville | Source
The Grove Park Inn, Asheville
The Grove Park Inn, Asheville | Source
Biltmore, Asheville
Biltmore, Asheville | Source
The Basilica of St Lawrence
The Basilica of St Lawrence | Source
The Jackson Building (Detail)
The Jackson Building (Detail) | Source
The Jackson Building
The Jackson Building | Source
Inside the Grove Arcade
Inside the Grove Arcade | Source

Wherever you’re viewing from, be sure to take a camera. The views in, around and across Asheville are breathtaking, and you’ll be glad you made the trip. Have any other great spots for views? Let us know in the comments!

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    • Amanda Drew profile image

      Amanda Drew 24 months ago from Cranston, Rhode Island

      Oh my god, it is beautiful ! I have never been anywhere beautiful before ! Hopefully some day ! Keep at it ! Much love -amanda

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Looks just beautiful. I have only been to NC once and it was for far too brief a period.

      Great hub!

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      Paul Maplesden 2 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Thanks for your kind words folks; do visit Asheville if you get the chance.

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      What a beautiful city you live in! Voted up.

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      Mandisa 2 years ago from Marion, Ohio

      This is a great