I’m really excited to interview Kristy Tolley, the author of the book “100 Things to Do in Asheville Before You Die,” about Asheville, North Carolina. Kristy’s tips for the best things to do in Asheville are awesome because she’s been coming to Asheville for more than 30 years. And she was smitten from the start. Kristy’s visited the city countless times and writes about it often as a travel writer.
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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Getting around Asheville
The local airport is Asheville Regional Airport (AVL), which is a twenty-minute drive to downtown. Use our Expedia tool below to find flight, hotel, and rental car options.
Kristy says that there’s no need to rent a car if you’re staying downtown. However, to explore the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Western North Carolina Nature Center, and other attractions, a car is the best option. For the best rental car offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz.
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.
Places we talked about on the Asheville, North Carolina podcast
Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Kristy Tolley 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 Kristy Tolley?
Kristy is an award-winning travel journalist and editor and longtime Asheville devotee. She wrote her book “100 Things to Do in Asheville Before You Die” by Reedy Press during the pandemic.
She’s worked as a travel writer and editor for the past 30 years. Kristy has explored the Holy Land, medieval European castles and countless Caribbean beaches. Ans she’s currently the Content Operations Editor for The Points Guy.
Here are a few articles that she’s written:
- Your guide to exploring West Virginia’s New River Gorge National Park
- The best hotels in Puerto Rico — find your stay on the Island of Enchantment
- San Juan’s five best museums celebrate Puerto Rico’s indigenous culture, art and social justice movements
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