Asheville and the mountains of Western North Carolina are a premier destination not only for the area’s immense beauty but also because of the incredible variety of activities available. Asheville provides an enormous variety of cultural entertainments, with museums and galleries, concerts and festivals. Uncrowded wilderness provides fine trout fishing and trails for mountain biking, horseback riding, and hiking. From whitewater rafting and skiing to art and antiques, from theme parks to steam railways, the Great Smoky Mountains truly offer something for every visitor.