Recently, Jeff and I hopped in the car for a last minute road trip from Atlanta to Asheville, North Carolina. Along the way, we stopped at a handful of places off the beaten trail, that ended up being just as much fun as Asheville itself (if not more so). Road trips are great for that kind of thing, don’t you think?
So, I partnered with Capital One’s Auto Navigator® site one more time (a one-stop-shop for everything you need to find and finance a car, for road tripping and beyond), to share all of the photos from our trip with you guys and some suggestions for what to do when you get there.
To give you a better idea of what’s in store, we broke up the 3.5 hour drive to Asheville by stopping at some Instagram-worthy spots… a giant sunflower field, an apple farm (complete with a giant corn maze to get into the holiday spirit), and Tallulah Gorge (the deepest canyon east of the Mississippi). We did so much, it’s hard to believe the whole trip from start to finish was just over 24 hours. Crazy what you can do with some energy and a long drive. Click through for all the photos and my favorites spots to stop for pics, etc…
Side note, before we get started… In case you didn’t notice, our current whip is a station wagon. Totally not glamorous, I know, but it’s easier for me to see out of (our old SUV was a challenge in that department), and has a huge trunk for hauling furniture over to the studio / when I get carried away at a thrift store or searching for souvenirs on road trips. So, it’s cool in it’s own way, I suppose.
Although, Jeff is really dying for an upgrade (we even went car shopping one day last weekend). And Capital One makes it really easy to consider trading in our current ride for an upgrade. So, it’s definitely tempting and we’ve been looking on the website through financing stuff. BUT I’m not fully convinced yet that we need a new car! I need a little bit more buttering up than Jeff in this department.
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Okay! Enough car talk. Onto the trip! Here’s what we decided to hit up along the way…
Road Trip from Atlanta to Asheville
Stop #1… A sunflower farm / field
Made an Instagram-worthy stop at a sunflower farm (that also includes horse trails)! And the sunflowers are HUGE – taller than me.
Note: If you happen to hit this at an off time when they’re not open, you can still get to it from the road if you’re up for a little adventure. But you didn’t hear that from me. The horse trails are open year round, FYI.
Stop #2… An apple farm (with a giant corn maze)
We went to Jaemor Farms again. Remember it from this post last year? They had a huge corn maze up for Halloween / Thanksgiving, which was really fun, and tons of pumpkins, snacks at the market area, etc. Always a good place to stop!
Stop #3…Tallulah Gorge
Jeff and I had never been here before and we almost missed it, if it hadn’t been for the tiny sign veering us off the highway. It was so beautiful (it was hard to show what was really going on in the photos) AND they have a quirky gift shop with little goodies. I found a new straw hat for $30!
Full disclosure…We were in Asheville itself for under 24 hours, so we only had time to explore one area. And that area just so happen to be downtown. We ate at Tupelo Honey (they’re known for their biscuits) and checked out a handful of shops… Horse and Hero was cute for indie art prints and small ceramics.
We found the mural and those cute little apartments with the colorful doors right as we were driving out of the city to go back home. So, we turned around for a few photo ops and then made our way to one last spot…
On the way back home from our trip, we stopped in Greenville for about an hour. More or less just to check out a coffee shop, called Methodical. Which I highly recommend. And then, I snapped a few photos of a pink building on our way out (naturally) and we drove all the way through to Atlanta from there.
That about does it. Our trip from Atlanta to Asheville and everything in between. Have you been to Asheville before? What parts should I explore next time that I might have missed?
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