10 Places to Photograph in Asheville This Weekend

I want to go to Asheville! RMSP’s Photo Weekend will be in Asheville, North Carolina this Saturday and Sunday. After researching the area for places to photograph, I might have developed a crush on this city. If you are interested in photographing architecture, Asheville is chock-full of gorgeous, historic buildings. All you have to do is step outside the Asheville Renaissance Hotel, where the Weekend is taking place, and walk in any direction to find interesting buildings. This doesn’t even take into consideration all the festivals, the museums and galleries and the close proximity to the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Nantahala National Forest. Yup, I have a school girl crush on a city. Who knew?

North Carolina Arboretum – Explore the Arboretum’s outdoor exhibits such as art installations and 65 acres of cultivated gardens, including one of the finest, most unique bonsai collections in the United States.

Basilica of St. Lawrence – This Minor Basilica of the Roman Catholic Church was built in 1905. It has beautiful architecture to photograph inside and out.

The Biltmore - The 8,000 acres of this estate include the historic Vanderbilt mansion, extensive gardens and a winery. The orchids on the premises are currently blooming as well.

Blueridge Parkway - Created as a link between the Shenandoah National Park and the edge of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, there are miles and miles of beautiful mountainous terrain to explore.

Grove Arcade – This building, considered one of Asheville’s jewels, has ornate architecture, an incredible arcade with a glass ceiling and a fascinating history.

Asheville’s City Hall – Built in the 1920’s, architect Douglas D. Ellington’s art deco design and chosen building materials were all carefully considered so that the building echoed the mountains and the “transition in color paralleling the natural clay-pink shades of the local Asheville soil.”

Beaver Lake – A great place for birdwatching and a peaceful location to photograph just two miles from the center of Asheville.

The area right around the Asheville Renaissance – Downtown Asheville - Grab your camera and walk! There is tons to photograph right around the hotel.

The Orange Peel -  After a day of photography unwind with good music but don’t forget your camera. The Orange Peel in Asheville is host to great bands and live music and is always fun to photograph.

Nantahala National Forest – “Nantahala” is a Cherokee Indian word that means “Land of the Noonday Sun.”  The name is fitting for this national forest because in some areas, the sun only reaches the floors of the deep gorges in the middle of the day, when it’s directly overhead. This provides great, soft, reflected light – perfect for photography. Don’t miss the amazing waterfalls in the area as well.

Do you know of great places to photograph in Asheville that I didn’t mention? I’d love to know where you photograph. Leave your suggestions in the comments below.

If you do photograph in Asheville show us your favorites! Post them on our Flickr group page or on our Facebook page. Make sure to tag the images with “Asheville”.

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