By / 26th February, 2014 / Things to Do / No Comments

When Katniss Everdeen fights for her life in Panem, we’re transported to a world that’s both dangerous and beautiful.  You can’t visit Panem anywhere in the world, but did you know that the closest you can come is Asheville, North Carolina?  The beautiful locations featured in The Hunger Games film were actually found and recorded here in our picturesque natural landscape.  Consider an Asheville travel idea that’s both exciting and beautiful—visit The Hunger Games filming locations today!

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Find Your Own Survival Game

You too can explore the rugged terrain of District 12.  Tours abound across Asheville at filming locations like Historic Henry Mill River Village, the Big Ivy Trail, and Chimney Rock State Park.  Visit the majestic Dupont State Forest in Transylvania County, and learn to live off the land by taking scheduled classes or private instruction at the Nantahala Outdoor Center.  Just like Katniss Everdeen, you can learn to build a brush fire, forage for edible plants, and make your own medicine from the natural medicinal herbs that grow in the area.  Despite danger lurking at every turn, Katniss cherished her time in the forest with Gale.  You’ll cherish your time in Asheville’s forests with a variety of fun vacation opportunities like white water rafting, mountain biking, and hiking the highest mountain peaks in the Eastern United States.

Outside Magazine regularly ranks Asheville, North Carolina as a top vacation spot for lovers of outdoor recreation.  Let the beautiful vistas seen in the Hunger Games take your breath away with zipline canopy tours, water adventures, and some of the best stargazing opportunities anywhere in the world.


Do What the Cast Did

Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Helmsworth, and Josh Hutcherson loved their time in Asheville, and took full advantage of the local recreational activities.  You can do exactly what the stars did and zipline at Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures, whitewater raft at Wildwater Rafting, or enjoy late night video games at The Arcade.   Dine at Lexington Avenue Bakery and you might sit at the same table where Josh Hutcherson brought Vanessa Hudgens.  Vegetarians will love Woody Harrelson’s favorite haunt, The Laughing Seed Café, or drink where the Tributes drank at The Southern, a downtown bar that’s as chic as it is delicious.

Enjoy Asheville!

Asheville is the perfect vacation opportunity for the whole family.  Nowhere else in the world is as beautiful or as exciting for lovers of outdoor adventure.  It’s all located within close distance of The Sourwood Inn, your home for the perfect Hunger Games vacation.  Just watch out for the other Tributes!