Asheville, NC Travel Guide

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Best Times to Visit Asheville, NC

The best times to visit Asheville are from March to May and September to early November, when temperatures hover between the upper 50s and the mid-70s – ideal weather for exploring the blooms in spring and the foliage in the fall. During the summer months (June to August), even an elevation of 2,216 feet can't shield the mountain city from the increased humidity. Luckily, it's not as intense as other parts of the Southeast, making the summer a popular time for travelers to escape the heat of nearby cities. Winter brings colder temperatures, but Asheville doesn't see much snowfall, although surrounding mountains could be snowcapped. 

Weather in Asheville, NC

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March-May

Asheville blossoms in the spring, with mild weather and scattered rain showers. A welcome change from the colder winter months, temperatures can vary between the mid-50s and the upper 70s. Warmer days mean more people on the hiking trails, but also fresh produce at local restaurants. Many of Asheville's annual events are held during the month of May, so if you plan on traveling for those, buy tickets and book accommodations a few months in advance. 

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June-August

Even with its mountain locale, summer can get hot in Asheville. Daytime temperatures climb into the mid- to upper 80s, which couples with a higher level of humidity than the city sees the rest of the year. But with frequent breezes and varied elevations offering a reprieve from the heat, this is also the most popular time for locals from nearby cities to escape their sweltering summer temps. 

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September-early November

Summer tends to linger into early fall, but autumn ushers in temperatures similar to those in the springtime, ranging from the mid-50s to upper 70s. The main attraction during this time of year is the foliage. Peak season varies depending on elevation, but you'll see the brightest colors between the first of October and early November.

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Mid-November-February 

Although Asheville experiences milder temperatures compared to the mountains farther to the north, winter is still cold, with lows dropping to the 20s and 30s. There isn't much activity during the winter, which yields lower prices and fewer crowds. If you're willing to sport a heavy coat, you could score major hotel deals. The one exception: Christmas at the Biltmore Estate is a major draw during the holiday season.

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