Kudos for Asheville


Asheville has won national acclaim as a visitor, arts and crafts, food, cultural, entertainment, retirement and relocation destination:


Asheville has won national acclaim as a visitor, arts and crafts, food, cultural, enter-tainment, retirement and relocation destination:


“One of 50 Best Places to Go in 2023” Travel & Leisure Reader Poll 2023


#41 of World’s Most Loved Destinations Tourism Sentiment Index 2023


One of “21 Best Road Trips Destinations” Reader’s Digest 2023


#1 Foodie City – Small Towns, Big Flavor” Yelp 2022


#4 Best Christmas Destinations in U.S. Town & Country 2022


“10 Best Cities to Visit for Art” Yahoo 2022


One of “12 Best Places for Family Mountain Vacation” Family Vacation Guide 2022


One of Best Cities in the World for Beer Drinkers Money Magazine 2021


#19 Best Place to Live in America Livability.com 2021


One “10 Beautiful Mountain Destinations You Need to See” USA Today 2021


One of Top “Gay-Friendly Honeymoon Destinations” Thrillist 2021


One of “35 Romantic Getaways Around the World” Women’s Health 2021


#2 “Best Place in U.S.  for Dog-Friendly Vacation” Booking.com 2021


One of “9 Best Girlfriend Getaway Destinations” Family Vacation Critic 2021


One of “15 Best Places to Hike” wildandtrekking.com 2021


#"1 Top Vegan-Friendly Small City" PETA 2020/2021


"#1 Most Popular Place to Retire in America" Topretirements.com 2020


"#5 America's Best Small City" (100,000 to 500,000)" America's Best Small Cities Ranking by Resonance Consultancy 2020


Asheville Next Major Music City in U.S.” Lonely Planet 2019


“Hippest City in the South” Fodor’s The Carolinas & Georgia 2019


“#1 Foodie City in the World” Global Traveler 2018


“#2 Best City in the U.S. for Local Shopping” Yelp 2018


“#1 Most Hospitable City in the U.S.” Airbnb 2018


One of “Top 10 Music Cities in the U.S.” National Geographic Traveler 2018


One of “Top 15 Cities in the U.S.” Condé Nast Traveler 2018


One of “18 Top Destinations of 2018” Forbes Travel Guide 2018


 “Most Artsy” and “Sudsiest" U.S. City National Geographic Traveler 2018


One of “15 Best Places to Travel Alone in America” TripAdvisor 2018


One of “18 Best Places to Visit in 2018” CNN Travel 2018


#3 "Best Small Towns to Visit in USA" USA Today 2017


One of "Best Small Cities in U.S." Condé Nast Traveler 2017


One of "12 Best Music Towns in Nation" Expedia 2017


One of "15 Southern Cities All Food Lovers Should Visit Now" Southern Living 2017


One of “Coolest Places to Go in 2018” Forbes 2017


One of "Top 15 Cities in U.S." Travel & Leisure 2017


One of "South's Top Food Cities" Garden & Gun 2017


One of "Top 17 Places to Visit in 2017" Harper's Bazaar 2017


One of “20 Best Summer Vacation Destinations in America” TripAdvisor 2017


One of “30 Most Exciting Food Cities” Zagat’s 2017


"Best place in United States to Visit in 2017" Lonely Planet 2016


#1 of "The 12 Best Places to Retire in the U.S." Condé Nast Traveler 2016


One of  "Best Foodie Destinations in the USA." U.S. News & World Report 2016


#10 of "Best Small Cities in America" Condé Nast Traveler reader poll 2016


#7 of "America's Top 10 Towns for Craft Lovers." American Craft Week poll 2016


#7 of "Friendliest Cities in U.S." Condé Nast Traveler reader poll 2016


One of "10 Great Places to Retire for LGBT People," Topretirements.com 2015


"#10 Best City in U.S. and Canada," Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards Reader Survey 2015


"#1 in list of the "20 Coolest Towns in U.S." by MatadorNetwork.com 2015


"Most Beautiful Place in America to Live" Real Estate Scorecard 2014


"#12 of Top 100 Best Places to Live in America" Livability.com 2014


America's #1 "Quirkiest Town" Travel & Leisure 2014


One of the top "Southern Literary Destinations" USA Today 2014


One of this year's "Best Towns Ever" Outside Magazine 2014


#10 among the "Friendliest Cities in the U.S."  Condé Nast Traveler 2014


 #4 of "Top 10 Foodie Cities" Livability.com 2014


"The Biggest Little Culinary Capital in America" Departures 2014


"The hippie capital of the South" Huffington Post 2014


#1 town to live and work in as a moviemaker MovieMaker magazine 2014


One of  “Five Secret Foodie Cities” Forbes blog 2014


One of “20 Cities You Should Visit in Your 20s” Huffington Post 2014


"#1 of 12 Dreamy Towns for Vegan Living" VegNews 2013


"One of Top 5 Beer Cities" Forbes 2013


“One of 10 Tastiest Towns in the South” Southern Living 2013


“One of America’s Best River Towns” Outside 2012


“#1 Beer City USA” Imbibe Magazine online poll, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012


“Most Romantic Place in USA and Canada” About.com Readers Choice Poll 2012





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