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15 U.S. cities for outdoor enthusiasts

Oct. 18, 2010, 12:30 p.m.
Asheville, North Carolina

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Asheville, N.C.

Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and a short distance from Pisgah National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains, Asheville is a picturesque hub for hiking and camping enthusiasts. It is especially spectacular in the autumn, when the shedding trees transform the landscape.

It's no wonder artists and environmentalists flock here. Asheville was also named the most vegetarian-friendly small city in America by PETA.