This ‘itty bitty’ North Carolina city ranked as one of America’s best for a weekend getaway

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Asheville, North Carolina (Getty Images)

Asheville, North Carolina (Getty Images)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (KXAN/WGHP) — A new survey published by Hotwire found plenty to rave about Asheville, ranking it one of the nation’s best for a quick weekend trip.

Asheville ranked as the fourth-best “itty bitty city” nationally for sightseers to visit on a “quickie” trip, defined as a two- to three-day stay. Asheville was beaten out of the top three by Savannah, Georgia, and both Palm Springs and Newport Beach, California, in that order.

“Our 2020 index was focused on travelers’ specific preferences caused by the pandemic, with an extra focus on smaller, less crowded destinations that allowed for easier social distancing,” Melissa Postier, Hotwire’s director of brand, PR and social said in a statement to TripSavvy.

Rankings for quickie cities were determined based on factors such as drivability, attractions, restaurants and the number of rainy days per year.

The top 10 itty bitty cities were:

  • Savannah, Georgia
  • Palm Springs, California
  • Newport Beach, California
  • Asheville, North Carolina
  • Costa Mesa, California
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Newport, Rhode Island
  • St. Augustine, Florida
  • Atlantic City, New Jersey

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