The 15 Most Instagrammable Spots In Asheville, North Carolina

Suzy Strutner
The 15 Most Instagrammable Spots In Asheville, North Carolina

AshevilleNorth 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

When The New York Times says to go somewhere, you go. This Southern-style café comes highly recommended, and its  fluffy baked goods shine on-camera.

3 The "Good Vibes" silo

Asheville's River Arts District consists of 22 renovated historic buildings that now serve as art studios along a riverfront. A cool painted silo is perhaps the area's most photogenic landmark.

4 Ultra Coffeebar

Continue your tour of the  River Arts District with fancy fuel like nitro-brewed coffee and tempeh bacon at this trendy cafe. The sleek black-and-white theme is highly Instagrammable, too.

5 Craggy Gardens

Take a hike on one of Craggy Gardens's  spectacular trails, which are flecked with wildflowers and pickable blueberries if you visit in the right season. The mountain views are tough to beat.

6 Laughing Seed Cafe

Vegetarian cuisine shines at this funky cafe with a pleasant outdoor patio. Loaded sandwiches like the  veggie reuben are worth a closeup.

7 Odyssey Clayworks

You can take classes ranging from a one-night pottery workshop to "intermediate wheel throwing" at this busy  educational center. Don't forget to photograph your finished masterpiece.

8 Thomas Wolfe Memorial

Novelist Thomas Wolfe is one of Asheville's most famous former residents. The boardinghouse where he grew up inspired much of his work, and it's  open for public tours.

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.

10 Nightbell

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

Ever seen a banh mi tofu taco? With snacks like that, this inventive hangout  in the River Arts District is one to write -- er, Instagram home about.

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

This  brewery and tasting room clearly draws inspiration from the 20-odd artist studios on the building's upper floors. Take in the funky, industrial-style decor, and stay for the live music.

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  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.