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Free In Asheville

From outdoor adventures in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to a vibrant arts scene, Asheville, North Carolina has a ton of free activities. Find out our top 11 free things to do in Asheville for your next vacation.

The 50 Safest Cities in North Carolina- 2015

*NEW REPORT* See our updated list for 2016 at http://www.safewise.com/blog/safest-cities-north-carolina-2016/ An affordable cost of living, vibrant economic areas, and moderate climate are a few of the reasons two of North Carolina’s largest cities, Charlotte and Raleigh, are expected to grow faster than any other U.S. cities of similar size over the next 15 years.

Sylva, North Carolina: Smoky Mountain Mecca

Located in the Smoky mountains, Sylva, N.C., is surrounded by natural beauty, but its vibrant bookstore, restaurants and downtown arts program contribute to a thriving cultural life as well. See why Sylva made 2009’s 11 Great Places You’ve (Maybe) Never Heard Of.

USA Today names Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as one of ten best national park drives, saying "This drive meanders through the quiet side of the busy park, running from Cove Creek Road just off I-40 on the North Carolina side through the Cataloochee Valley." Many of us know Cataloochee Valley for its vibrant elk population. Learn more about the elk: http://www.nps.gov/grsm/naturescience/elk-facts.htm #playon #cataloocheevalley www.mountainloversnc.com

Hikes & Hops: A Tour of Asheville, NC

A Visit Asheville, NC guide from TheJournalJunkie.com (*** from a resident, this is limited, but is up to date, accurate and offers excellent suggestions for visitors).

Tim Paulin took this photo of the Yellow Leaf Road located at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina.