Asheville, North Carolina is one of the top-ranked U.S. destinations to visit right now. But despite all its recognition as a trendy place to go, this mountain city is still a mellow artists’ community at heart. Between buzzy breweries and biscuit shops, you’ll find historic landmarks and businesses that have served travelers for generations. And don’t even get us started on the glorious natural wonders all around.
We digitally perused Asheville’s bounty for places with the best settings, lighting, views and vibes for the ideal Instagram vacation photo. Here are 15 spots to hit on your visit.
1 The Omni Grove Park Inn
A golf course, shops, underground spa and 14-foot fireplaces in the lobby are just the beginning at this historic inn. If you don't get a room, you can still capture epic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and downtown from the terrace restaurant.
2 Biscuit Head
3 The "Good Vibes" silo
4 Ultra Coffeebar
5 Craggy Gardens
6 Laughing Seed Cafe
7 Odyssey Clayworks
8 Thomas Wolfe Memorial
9 Sky Bar
Enter Downtown's historic Flatiron building, then let an antique elevator whisk you upstairs to four terraces with panoramic views of both the city and mountains. Grab a cocktail and a photo before calling it a night.
Sophisticated, shareable small plates like hush puppies and trout carpaccio arrive alongside killer cocktails at this seasonally-focused spot. The grilled steak looks downright mouthwatering in photos.
11 The Blue Ridge Parkway
This scenic drive stretches 469 miles from North Carolina to Virginia, and Asheville is right along the route. Take a daylong drive to discover orchards, lakes, small towns and the most photo-worthy overlooks.
12 Burial Beer Co.
"We invite our loyal beer drinkers to partake in experimental beer drinking," reads the website for this massive brewhouse, which pours creative concoctions like the Skillet Donut Stout. Take a seat in the outdoor beer garden, then take a photo near the funky wall mural.
13 White Duck Taco
14 Biltmore Estate
George Vanderbilt commissioned this 250-room chateau in the late 1800's, and modern-day visitors can tour its luxurious interior and gardens. With the sprawling lawn and all, your followers might think you've touched down in France, not the South.
15 Wedge at Wedge Studios
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- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.