Over 30 Best Places To Live In North Carolina – NC Mountains
During my research for this trip to the Best Places To Live In North Carolina, I had learned of the Belle Chere Festival in Asheville, NC.
The festival is an annual event, the Belle Chere attracts over 300,000 people from all over the country.
A large portion of downtown Asheville is closed off and six stages are set up, showcasing music of all types. People walk from stage to stage, on roads filled with booths of crafts, exhibits, food and more.
The ride along I-40, to get to Asheville, NC, was magical.
Bordering the road were great fields of trees covered in broad leaved vines giving the road a prehistoric feel. Before long, I had passed the exits for Winston-Salem, NC and then Hickory, NC. As I watched the exits in my rear view mirror, I knew I should have stopped in both of these best places but they'll have to wait.
The mountains began to rise on the horizon spotted with misty clouds that whispered across their peaks. Entering the Pisgah National Forest, I began to climb the first set of mountains that surround Asheville, NC.
As I rose in elevation the air began to cool again, reminding me of the shore I had left behind days before at the Outer Banks.
Approaching Asheville, I was surprised by how little traffic there was and thought I might have gotten my dates confused.
Upon entering Asheville, I realized that I hadn't.
Even though the festival areas were packed, the surrounding parts of the city were surprisingly accessible. I was able to find parking easily and proceeded to approach the downtown on foot.
Asheville, NC turned out to be one of the highlights of the trip. It is a best place to live in North Carolina without hesitation.
Regardless of the festival going on, I could easily tell what a great small city Asheville was.
As the largest city in Western North Carolina, Asheville serves as an artistic and cultural center for the surrounding areas. This fact was asserted through the prevalence of art galleries, a diverse selection of restaurants and the huge number of people I met who had moved to Asheville from points far and wide.
The result is a melting pot, filled with tolerance of all points of view and a friendly atmosphere to visitor and resident alike. Because many of the residents remember a time when they too where just visiting, they are quick to welcome a newcomer.
Asheville, NC, with its warm people, great climate, architectural beauty, and streets that wind up and down small hills and curves, feels more like a big neighborhood than a city, a place easy to call home. A place easy to call one of the best places to live in North Carolina regardless of your age.
The next day it was a bit of a heartbreak to watch Asheville, NC recede in my rear view mirror.
Luckily for me I would spend the day in some other beautiful best places to live in the surrounding area in the mountains of North Carolina, each with their own charms and attractions.
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