I'm in Lake Lure area just south of Asheville and the temperature difference is noticeable. Rafted the French Broad 2 weeks ago and it was wonderful. Mountain Biked Bent Creek in Asheville just off the Blue Ridge Parkway and it was very bearable. Much cooler at the higher elevation in Asheville and the things to do in Asheville including great restaurants is a winner.
I'm in for this one.
P.S. Having lived in Utah for 25 years, the idea of going to Cody is a non-starter unless I wanted to get a new hair part and wanted to practice 45 degree motorcycle riding in the wind.