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Best things to do in Asheville North Carolina - Mike Poggioli - Downtown Asheville

I’m really excited to interview photographer Mike Poggioli about Asheville, North Carolina. Mike’s tips for the best things to do in Asheville are awesome because he moved to Asheville to complete his internship but stayed for the beautiful mountains and the numerous hikes and waterfalls.

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Best things to do in Asheville North Carolina - Mike Poggioli - Roan Mountain

Roan Mountain

Asheville, North Carolina

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Explore Asheville, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Asheville North Carolina Asheville Museum of Science entrance

Asheville Museum of Science entrance

Getting around Asheville

The local airport is Asheville Regional Airport (AVL), which is about twenty minutes to downtown. Use our Expedia tool below to find flight, hotel, and rental car options.

Mike says that it’s a good idea to rent a car, so you have the ability to travel outside of the downtown area and explore many of the best hiking trails and other attractions. For the best offers, visit Avis, Budget, or HertzUber and Lyft are excellent ways to get around if you don’t want to rent a car. Or if you’re visiting the local breweries.

When you only need a car for a couple of hours, you can rent by the hour with Zipcar. Join now to get $25 loaded into your account.

Best things to do in Asheville North Carolina - Mike Poggioli - Mill River Overlook

Mill River Overlook

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Mike Poggioli about Asheville, North Carolina. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Asheville, North Carolina
  • Green dots = best things to do in Asheville, North Carolina
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Asheville, North Carolina

Who is Mike Poggioli?

Originally from just outside New York City, Mike Poggioli came to see photography as a serious creative outlet when he moved to Chicago in 2015 and became enamored by the beauty of the city’s architecture. He then brought his newfound love for cityscapes with him to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he studied clinical psychology.

Photography became an opportunity to cultivate mindfulness – a way to see the world with a beginnerʼs mind – in both his personal life and professional practice. It wasn’t until he began a clinical internship in Asheville, North Carolina, that he ventured into landscape photography. During his time there, Mike discovered a passion for capturing the layers of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He has since listened to the call of the mountains by deciding to settle in Asheville.

Best things to do in Asheville North Carolina - MikePoggioli

You can connect with Mike on his website and on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about his book, “Blue Ridge Dreaming,” by Trope Publishing. Support our guest and this podcast by buying his book through our Amazon affiliate link.

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Asheville North Carolina WNC Nature Center red panda

Asheville North Carolina WNC Nature Center red panda

Stay tuned for our next episode

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