View from inside a camper van conversion in Asheville North Carolina.
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!

Erin McGrady sits at a wooden picnic table. You can't see her eyes in the photo but she has a hungry smile on her face. An IPA rests on the table in a glass with the White Labs log on it and a cheese pizza with some basil does as well. The background consists of gravel and a big blue stone and the corner of a chiminea and fire pit.

Best Pizza in Asheville, NC

Ok, it’s no secret that we love coffee, ramen, and cheeseburgers. But one of our all-time favorites is that cheesy goodness we all know and love: pizza. In this post we’re going to share about our favorite spots in Asheville. Are your ready? Here we go: Best Pizza in Asheville, NC. Save it, pin it,Continue reading “Best Pizza in Asheville, NC”

Waterfall and wheel in Weaverville, NC

Best Things to Do in Weaverville, NC

Looking to get out of Asheville for the day but not sure which direction to go? How about Weaverville, NC. It’s just a short 15 minute drive (seven miles) north of downtown Asheville. It’s a tiny little mountain town but it’s host to a bunch of fun things to do as well as two localContinue reading “Best Things to Do in Weaverville, NC”

a flat lay photo of the Classic Ramen, seaweed salad, Deluxe Ramen, and a side of corn at Itto Ramen in West Asheville. The food is on a wooden table and the paper menus are underneath the plates and bowls.

Best Asian Restaurants in Asheville, NC

You’re hungry and craving Asian food…maybe fried rice or ramen or sushi? We’ve got you covered with our post on the Best Asian Restaurants in Asheville, NC. You’re guaranteed to find a something on our list that’ll hit the spot. Ready to find and eat some of the best Asian food in Asheville? Let’s go!Continue reading “Best Asian Restaurants in Asheville, NC”