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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!

a blue raft with a bunch of paddlers face an oncoming surge of whitewater on the Snake River. Each person is seating and holding a paddle that is plunged into the water.

Top Tips for Visiting Togwotee Mountain Lodge

Our final adventure as Ambassadors for the Nation’s Vacation has us headed to Wyoming! We’ll be sharing some of our favorites things to do near Togwotee Moutain Lodge. For starters, it’s a great base camp for all of your Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park adventures. Keep reading to see our top tipsContinue reading “Top Tips for Visiting Togwotee Mountain Lodge”

Erin McGrady is standing in a grey shirt and yellow shorts and driving a white powerboat on Lake Powell. A boat is in the distance on the lake.

Top Travel Tips for Visiting Lake Powell

We’re back as Ambassadors for the Nation’s Vacation and are so excited to share with you some of the best things to see, do, and eat at some of our favorite destinations. On this road trip we’ve gone rafting on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, explored the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde NationalContinue reading “Top Travel Tips for Visiting Lake Powell”

the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park. Trees and a little bit of the sky are at the top of the photo.

Top Tips For Visiting Mesa Verde National Park

This summer we’re traveling as Ambassadors for the Nation’s Vacation and are so excited to share with you some of the best things to see, do, and eat at some of our favorite destinations. We’re picking up where we left off two years ago when we visited Olympic National Park, Crater Lake National Park, ZephyrContinue reading “Top Tips For Visiting Mesa Verde National Park”