Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
36 Montford Avenue Asheville, NC 28801
Phone: 828-258-6114
Email: Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce

Asheville consistently receives great rankings as a premier place to retire—recently US News & World Report named Asheville one of “10 Best Places to Retire.” Located in the valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains and nestled next to the Great Smoky Mountains, the region’s scenic beauty is just one of the many reasons that Asheville is so popular among destinations perfect for retirement.

All within a three block area in downtown Asheville, you can admire art deco architecture, catch an original play, dine al fresco, shop ‘til you drop at independent boutiques, choose from all kinds of cuisines, be entertained by a street mime, see an artist at work in a studio, play drums in a lively drum circle, gaze at layers of blue mountains, browse some of the nation’s best independent book stores, and….get the picture?

Who wouldn’t want to live in Asheville?

We’re not the only folks who think Asheville is great. Asheville’s accolades include “Happiest City in America,” “Beer City USA,” and among the top U.S. cities to do business.

The cultural accolades that the region receives complement the dramatic scenery that sets the region apart. Western North Carolina enjoys elevations ranging from 1,500 feet in the valleys to 6,684 feet at Mount Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi River.

The 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway, considered the nation’s most scenic highway, winds along the Blue Ridge Mountains, through Asheville and enters the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Overlooks, hiking trails and the headquarters of the Southern Highland Craft Guild make scenic drives along the Parkway popular for locals and tourists alike.

The area’s mountain location is accessible to many major cities. Charlotte, NC is an hour and a half away and Atlanta, GA is a little over four hours from Asheville. Get more regional information.

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