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Asheville, nestled among the mountains, is relatively warm in the summer and cool in the winter, although not extreme. Winters are mild, with the coldest months being January and February, with average lows in the upper 20s, and highs in the upper 40s. The warmest month is August, with highs in the mid-80s, and lows in the mid-60s. Visitors who are planning to take advantage of the numerous outdoor activities in and around Asheville should plan accordingly.
Flocks of leaf-watchers are known to migrate to Asheville in the Fall months to view the annual turning of the foliage. Sourwood and oaks are among the featured attractions. The season runs from September through November, with trees in the upper elevations turning earlier than those in lower elevations. In the spring, April and May, the dogwoods are blooming and drive the Blue Ridge Parkway to capture glimpses of the while buds. Rhododendrons start to bloom the end of May through the beginning of June.