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Sunset along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, NC in our camper van!

Authentic Asheville is a camper van travel blog that focuses on travel in Asheville, North Carolina, and beyond. This website is a resource for those interested in the Ram Promaster City van with a Wayfarer Conversion Kit. Articles include camper van DIY ideas, tips, and tricks, trip recommendations, gear reviews, best places to eat and drink, etc.

Caroline Whatley and Erin McGrady are the duo behind Authentic Asheville. We are digital nomads who work as freelance photographers, writers, social media content creators, and web designers.

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Recent Asheville Adventures

The best things to see and do in Asheville, North Carolina and beyond.

Erin McGrady sitting in ENO's SkyLoft Hammock in the meadow area at Highland Brewing in Asheville, NC. She is wearing a straw hat and is holding a cup with beer in it and offering one to a blurred out hand in the foreground.

Best Places to Hammock in Asheville, North Carolina

There are so many fun things to do in and around western North Carolina. The region has miles of scenic trails, moreContinue reading “Best Places to Hammock in Asheville, North Carolina”

photograph of some of the best murals in Asheville, North Carolina

Best Instagram Spots in Asheville

One of our favorite things to do when we travel is to find murals. It’s fun to walk around and discover themContinue reading “Best Instagram Spots in Asheville”

Camper Van Life Adventures

How to Choose a Van for Van Life

Ready for a new adventure? One that involves travel? And possibility living out of your van? We’ve spent many, many hours discussing,Continue reading “How to Choose a Van for Van Life”

back of a ram promaster city van with a DIY van life bed

The Best Camper Van Bed is a DIY Bed

On our most recent van life adventure through Canada in our Ram Promaster City Camper we left our Exped Sim Comfort DuoContinue reading “The Best Camper Van Bed is a DIY Bed”

DIY Van Life Screens

DIY Van Window Screens

They say necessity is the mother of invention, right? Such was the case for our DIY Van Window Screens. We spent aboutContinue reading “DIY Van Window Screens”

Recent Adventures!

Rafting in the Grand Canyon with Wilderness River Adventures

One of the most incredible adventures we’ve ever had was a rafting trip in the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River. The Grand Canyon is one of the most picturesque national parks in the country and perhaps one of the most awe-inducing places in the world. The sheer magnitude of the space can make youContinue reading “Rafting in the Grand Canyon with Wilderness River Adventures”

Caroline Whatley in Pisgah National Forest walking a black dog with a leash, surrounded by rhododendrons.

Best Dog Friendly Places in Asheville

If you’ve got a dog that you love to take everywhere, then you’re in luck. Asheville is dog friendly! Some of the bars and restaurants even have special treats on their menu for your four-legged friend. Lots of people know Asheville as Beer City, USA but it’s been making a name for itself as DogContinue reading “Best Dog Friendly Places in Asheville”

Best Things To Do in Brevard, NC

Headed to Asheville, NC but also want to spend some time in some of the surrounding small towns? We recommend visiting Brevard, NC! It’s only 34 miles (45 minutes) from Asheville to Brevard. There’s everything from cool hikes and trails to breweries to shopping and more. Keep reading to see our top picks for theContinue reading “Best Things To Do in Brevard, NC”