With its elegant cafes, bistros and boutiques, downtown Asheville in is a popular spot for visitors.
But one recent tourist was guaranteed to turn more heads than most!
A black bear was filmed trotting down the road as dumbstruck bystanders and police officers watched in awe.
Police said the ‘law-abiding’ bear used a crosswalk to get over the street.
Heartwarming footage of the bear’s stroll was shared by Cari Barcas on Facebook on April 21.
The bear wandered happily over a pedestrian crossing in Asheville, North Carolina, wowing customers in a nearby cafe who took pictures on their phones
A police mersin escort was on hand to make sure the bear was safe and away from trouble
Ms Barcas wrote: ‘Walked up on this scene while leaving my office in downtown Asheville.Hope the police escort helped this sweet baby get home safe!
‘Rapid local development is pushing bears out of their natural habitats, so it’s our responsibility to find ways to nurture and coexist with these beautiful creatures.’
According to North Carolina Wildlife, the American black bear — a smaller cousin of the brown bear — inhabits an area covering 60 per cent of the state.
Usually seen in their remote woodland hideways, they typically shy away from contact with humans.
But the bears have increasingly been spotted in towns and cities — with Asheville, situated on the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, among their most frequent destinations.
Asheville Police Department also shared footage of their guest’s adventure.