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a photograph of layers of mountains that are darker in the foreground and then progressively, with each layer, get brighter and bluer. The sky is vibrant pink and has a long, thin cloud in it. In the very center are a few small dots that are the roofs of homes and a small green field.
Sunset along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, NC!

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!

Best Burgers in Asheville, NC

Y’all know how we love to eat! In this post we’re sharing our favorite places to get some of the best burgers in Asheville, NC. Each of them is guaranteed to hit the spot. And no two burgers on this list are the same! We dare you to work your way through these spots untilContinue reading “Best Burgers in Asheville, NC”

Best Van Life Gear Under $50

Through trial and error, we’ve found some gear that makes life on the road and in our van not only easier but more enjoyable. Though we’ve done other gear posts before such as the 9 essential pieces of gear you need for van life, this is the first one where every item on the listContinue reading “Best Van Life Gear Under $50”

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”