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Why Asheville is one of the country’s most popular small-town getaways

From the fresh mountain air to the funky downtown vibe, it’s easy to see why Asheville, N.C., has quickly become a favorite vacation locale among retirees and young folks alike. Forbes listed the southern city among top spots in the world for “The Coolest Places to Go in 2018” which cited its beauty and rich arts scene as main draws.

So it was exciting news when Tampa International Airport announced that low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines launched nonstop flights to Asheville in September 2018, operating year-round up to three times a week. For as little as $73 round-trip, you can hop on the 1 hour, 40 minute flight and stay in one of Asheville’s historic B&Bs either right in the middle of the action or in more remote, mountainous areas. Once settled, you can explore the Blue Ridge Parkway or unwind in the therapeutic Asheville Salt Cave. Asheville is also home to several renowned and award-winning restaurants, as well as tons of yummy-smelling bakeries, coffee shops and tea houses.

Whether you’re a casual walker or a hardcore hiker, you’ll find a number of outdoor excursions tailored to your activity level and sense of adventure. This easy guide to the Asheville area’s hiking trails helps you route your journey in seeking the most breathtaking waterfalls, interesting wildlife and stunning views.

To learn more about Asheville and start planning your trip, check out the city’s excellent bureau site. Book your nonstop flight from TPA at www.spirit.com.