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Asheville Attractions

Asheville is one of the most eclectic cities in the South. From its architecture and music venues to the Biltmore Estate and Farmers’ Market, you’ll find something for every interest.

 

Plan Your visit

Downtown Asheville Association
29 Haywood Street
Asheville, NC 28801
Phone: 828-251-9973
Asheville Downtown Association is to be
The Voice of Downtown Asheville. You will find a list of community events. 

Information on Asheville Area Parking

 

Asheville Visitors Bureau
P.O. Box 1010
Asheville, NC 28802
Phone: 828-258-6101

Blue Ridge Mountain Host
Blue Ridge Mountain Host covers the central mountains of North Carolina and is a clearing house for information on areas such as Hendersonville and Asheville.

North Carolina Travel and Tourism
For more information on where to go, what to do, and where to stay in the Old North State, visit North Carolina Travel and Tourism online at visitnc.com. Or call 1-800-VISIT NC for a free trip planning guide. For a vacation you'll always remember, come to a state you'll never forget.

 

things to do

Biltmore House and Garden
The largest private home in America. Built by George Vanderbilt in 1895, the estate encompasses 8,000 acres and has some 250 rooms. Also on the estate grounds are the Biltmore Gardens and the Biltmore Winery and vineyards. Several events are hosted by Biltmore House over the course of the year—the two most prominent are the Festival of Flowers in April and Christmas at the Biltmore from mid November until the first weekend in January.

The Blue Ridge Parkway
The Parkway is known as "America's Favorite Scenic Drive" and the North Carolina section has been deemed an All-American Road. This 469-mile ribbon of highway is one of the most visited of our National Parks. Its scenery is unsurpassed, and the roadside parks along the way make interesting stops to picnic, hike, or camp.

Western North Carolina Farmers Market
A real shopping experience. Fourteen buildings filled with everything from apples to watermelons, homemade crafts to homemade jellies. The Farmers' Market is open year round, seven days a week. You'll find local produce in season, plants and trees, and produce available in quantity for restaurants and other large establishments. Be sure to visit the Moose Cafe, where you can enjoy your meal overlooking a part of the Biltmore Estate.

Downtown Asheville Urban Trail
Asheville's Downtown is full of history told through its wide variety of architecture featuring everything from Victorian and Greek Revival to Art Deco and Modern. Stop by Pack Place and check out Pack Square's evolution from the late 1700s through the middle 20th century.

Pick up an Urban Trail map and enjoy a walk through the city's boutiques, shops, art galleries, and unique stores while finding out interesting tidbits about such famous folks as Thomas Wolfe and O. Henry. Downtown Asheville also hosts a number of festivals each year including Shindig on the Green.  Download Trail Map

Diana Wortham Theatre
The Diana Wortham Theatre is an intimate, 500-seat live performance venue offering the best in music, theatre and dance by tourings artists and companies, as well as local performing arts groups—from the avocational to the professional. The theatre is the home of the Asheville Lyric Opera, Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance, Asheville Ballet, Asheville Puppetry Alliance, WNC Jazz Society and many more.

North Carolina Arboretum
Located within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest of the Pisgah National Forest at 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, near the Blue Ridge Parkway, the North Carolina Arboretum is an arboretum and botanical garden. It includes many hiking and bicycling trails, a bonsai collection, a holly garden, a stream garden, etc. Its tree collection includes a fine set of Metasequoias planted in 1950, and now said to be the tallest in the south (over 100 feet in height).

Chimney Rock State Park
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is located in Chimney Rock Village near Lake Lure in the NC mountains. Just 25 miles southeast of Asheville, NC. Chimney Rock, the 535-million-year-old monolith for which the Park is named, is considered one of the most iconic sites in North Carolina. From its top, you’ll soak in the 75-mile panoramic views of Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure.

Folk Art Center
The Folk Art Center is home to the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Inside you'll find the finest in traditional and contemporary crafts of the Southern Appalachians. In addition to an Eastern National bookstore and Blue Ridge Parkway information desk, the center houses three galleries, a library, and Allanstand Craft Shop.

Gray Line Trolley Tours
There is no better way to discover what Asheville has to offer than on a Gray Line Trolley Tour.
Hop on board one of Gray Line's Nostalgic RED trolleys for a fully-narrated journey, highlighting the history, homes and hot-spots of this "city of surprises."

Asheville Treetops Adventure Park
Asheville Treetops Adventure Park includes approximately 50 unique climbing, zipping, walking, jumping, swinging, and rappelling challenges anchored to over 30 towering trees and poles tucked into a wooded park setting just 5 minutes from Downtown Asheville. The park contains 4 trails to choose from with various levels of difficulty. Each “Trail” includes 10 to 15 different challenges to complete the circuit.