Asheville named a best city by National Geographic

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The 21st century has been heralded as the “Century of the City” by the Rockefeller Foundation as, for the first time ever, the majority of people live in urban areas. In a glossy, lavish tribute to cosmopolitan life, National Geographic Travel will offer urban adventurers a stunning new book this fall: WORLD’S BEST CITIES: Celebrating 220 Great Destinations. Delving into the heart and soul of cities around the globe, WORLD’S BEST CITIES is an expansive travel guide that highlights 220 urban destinations, both well-known and emerging, with beautiful photo galleries, insightful text and insider tips and secrets.

The book showcases iconic cities like Paris, Rome, New York, London and Tokyo as well as up-and-coming cities such as Asheville, North Carolina; Denver; Nairobi; and Abu Dhabi. Each featured city is accompanied by gorgeous photos and vital stats, best local foods, oddities and more. National Geographic Travel identified Asheville as an “up-and-coming” city in its new book, “World’s Best Cities: Celebrating 220 Great Destinations.”

The book calls Asheville “a mecca of awesome mountain scenery, bohemian art and high southern cuisine.”

“Asheville’s exuberant foodie scene is all about fusion and updated southern favorites,” the write-up continues, and highlights Zambra Wine and Tapas, Salsa’s, Luella’s and 12 Bones. Zip line options are also celebrated in “local secrets” section, as well as Black Mountain College and Asheville Art Museum’s collection of BMC instructors Josef and Anni Albers.

Oddities include the National Climatic Data Center, as well as The Odditorium, calling the bar and event space in West Asheville “Ripley’s meets Jack Kerouac.” “Situated at the foot of the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains, this laid-back town draws a funky mix of artists, nature lovers, and professional foodies,” the introduction reads. “The restored Grove Arcade, a giant market built in 1929, anchors a downtown gleaming with art deco treasures.”

About National Geographic Books & Home Entertainment

National Geographic Books & Home Entertainment creates and distributes books, videos and other print and digital media that inform, engage and entertain diverse audiences about our world. Annually, the group publishes more than 125 new books for adults, families and kids and releases 250+ new DVDs and digital downloads of the Society’s films and TV shows, and these National Geographic titles are available in more than 35 local-language editions. While special photographic and film collections, travel books, nature shows, birding guides and atlases are a core focus of the Society’s products, books and videos on subjects as diverse as animals, the human mind, history, world cultures and the cosmos are also produced. For more information, visit and


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