Since Asheville’s location is equal to sitting inside the rim of a cup, as Thomas Wolfe, the famous writer and Asheville native once stated– that characteristic protects the city from the severe weather that hails from the mountains surrounding it. The temperature and elevation difference is enough to keep the Asheville above freezing while the surrounding mountains may be covered in snow. Asheville gets an average of 13.3 inches of snow during the winter months. Nearby, the Blue Ridge Mountains, home to several ski slopes and snowtubing parks.   

The best way to get to Asheville is via Asheville Regional Airport where visitors can find Continental Airlines, Delta Connection-ASA, Northwest Airlines, United and US Airways. Also, Trailways and Greyhound buslines provide routes.
Upon arrival, the best way to access Asheville and all its surrounding sights is by car. Asheville is accessible from highways I -26, I -40 and I -240; and U.S. 19/23, 25, 25A, 70, and 74. A must-see drive through is the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway that weaves through the lush Blue Ridge Mountains, through Asheville and into the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Parkway is accessible all year round and has many overlooks, passes, and hiking trails that immerse visitors with the natural beauty of the park. A good way to prepare for the trip is calling 511 locally, which connect to the North Carolina Department of Transportation and tells the current traffic conditions.