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About Asheville

Asheville is a vibrant city in western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, in the United States of America. With over 87 000 residents, it is a destination situated in a gorgeous setting. Asheville offers you its lively arts scene and historic architecture. The city’s top attractions include Biltmore Estate, North Carolina Arboretum and Downtown Asheville Art District.

Prepare yourself for a memorable adventure, because cheap flights to Asheville are now available for a limited time. Asheville is the home of Asheville Regional Airport (AVL), which is a 15-minute drive from the city centre. Asheville Regional Airport serves a number of airline companies, including Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and American Airlines. Popular connecting flights are available from Johannesburg to Asheville. The flight duration is approximately 19 hours and 58 minutes.

Why visit Asheville

Hikers Enjoying View Near Asheville

Outdoor Adventures

Asheville is one of the finest locations for those who love the outdoors, with numerous hiking trails, zip lining canopy tours and thrilling hot-air balloon rides.

Asheville Historic Architecture

Historic Architecture

This North Carolina destination’s history is revealed through its collection of architectural structures from varying periods. Discover magnificent buildings like the Biltmore Estate and the Art Deco city hall.

Chimney Rock State Park Asheville

Breath-taking Surroundings

With a location in the Blue Ridge Mountains, you know that Asheville will treat you to magnificent views. Other beautiful sites include Chimney Rock State Park and Craggy Gardens.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country United States of America
Currency United States Dollar
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.08 USD
Language English
Hub Airport Asheville Regional Airport (AVL)
Airline Delta Air Lines / United Airlines / American Airlines
Time Zone GMT - 4
Travel Adaptor Type A / B

Best time to visit Asheville

Asheville is a popular place to visit during the warmer seasons of spring (March – May) and summer (June – August). The spring brings more hikers, but you can enjoy fresh produce at the local eateries. While the summer brings plenty of heat, you can get relief with frequent breezes and various elevations. This season, however, also sees an increase in visitors. If you’d like to experience the events during these seasons, like the Biltmore Blooms and the Mountain Dance & Folk Festival, you’d better buy your tickets and book your hotel rooms a few months in advance. If you’re determined to get the cheapest hotel deals, the best time to visit Asheville is during the winter (Mid-November – February). The lack of activity during the season means lower prices and a drop in the number of visitors. You may want to focus on visiting during mid-January to February though, since Asheville embraces the holiday spirit from early November to early January, with Christmas celebrations at the Biltmore House.

Weather & Climate in Asheville

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C -3°C -1°C 2°C 7°C 11°C 16°C 18°C 18°C 14°C 8°C 2°C -1°C
High °C 9°C 11°C 14°C 20°C 24°C 28°C 28°C 29°C 25°C 20°C 15°C 10°C
Rainfall (mm) 83 92 114 89 104 98 106 111 91 83 84 80

Overview

Seize the opportunity for thrilling adventures through the Blue Ridge Mountains with a visit to Asheville. This American destination is perfect for those who love spending time outdoors, with numerous hiking trails at the Blue Ridge Parkway and Mount Mitchell State Park, and zip line canopy tours and hot air balloon rides over the area.

Explore the Downtown Art District, which is home to many galleries and museums, such as the Folk Art Center and the Asheville Pinball Museum. Art lovers will get even more with events throughout the year, including First Fridays: Downtown Asheville Art Walk and Greening Up the Mountains. Peruse the collection of items at more than 30 local stores and boutiques, and sample the delicious dishes at various restaurants, cafés and coffee shops, in Downtown Asheville.

Visa & Customs

You will need a travel visa to enter the United States of America. You can make your application at the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria (telephone: + 27 12 431 4000) and the U.S. Consulate Generals in Cape Town (telephone: +27 21 702 7300), Durban (telephone: +27 31 305 7600) and Johannesburg (telephone: +27 11 290 3000).

The nearest South African Embassy is in Washington DC.

Address: 3051 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington DC, 20008

Phone: + 1 202 232 4400

Health & Safety

Practise basic common sense when exploring Asheville. Avoid walking alone anywhere at night and keep your valuables in a safe place and out of sight.

Cost of Living

ITEM CAPE TOWN JOHANNESBURG ASHEVILLE
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 162.87
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 52.12
Cappuccino (regular) R 22.33 R 22.34 R 47.02
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 10.00 R 20.24
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 37.50 R 37.50 R 78.18
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