The behemoth of tourism in Western NC is Asheville, NC. Rated the #1 place to visit in 2017 by Lonely Planet, nearly 10 million visitors to Asheville spend almost $2 billion a year. The area’s hotel occupancy rate is over 72%. Known as a hipster haven in Western NC, and open to all sorts of lifestyles, Asheville serves a gateway for the rest of the USA to visit the Great Smokey Mountains. The Meadowlark Motel, situated only 33.7 miles from Asheville can serve as a great day trip satellite location for visiting area attractions.