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Asheville Attractions

Asheville, North Carolina is one of the most popular cities on the east coast of the United States for families and couples alike looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of big cities.

The adventurous tourist will find a wide variety of Asheville activities to experience during a stay in this quaint little town. People can choose from a number of different Asheville tours that include a drive through historic downtown, a haunted tour that takes people to must see creepy spots throughout the region, and a local tour of the Biltmore house, the largest house in the country built on eight acres of sprawling farmland.

Arts and entertainment are both major parts of Asheville's culture, and any visitor to the mountain town should spend some time taking in the local flavor. Among the many things to do in Asheville include a visit to the River Arts District, a place where artists and musicians alike come to live, work, and show off their many talents. Among the many attractions in Asheville, visiting the River Arts District is a must for any fan of the fine arts.

Among the many Asheville excursions that must be taken advantage of is a trip to one of the best hiking and camping sites on the east coast: The Blue Ridge Mountains. This sprawling mountainous region is one of the top places to visit among outdoor enthusiasts and thrill seekers alike.

Asheville, NC is a great destination for couples, individuals and families looking to get away to a place that offers a small town feeling yet is within close proximity to the great outdoors. Make sure you take a map with you to this "Land of the Sky" because you don't want to miss out on all Asheville has to offer.

Things to Do in Asheville with Kids

There's fun for all the family wherever you go in Asheville. Here are a few family friendly experiences to do together that are certain to make your getaway a blast:

Free Things to Do in Asheville

They say the best things in life are free. Check out the following around Asheville:

Black Mountain College Museum - Check if there are any major exhibits, displays or tours on at this interesting museum.

Pack Square - Stop by this local landmark and be inspired by its exceptional design.

Riverside Cemetery - Soak up some of the historical background of the region through this site.

Downtown Market Asheville - Widely recognized among those who live here, this place is worth dropping by.

Basilica of Saint Lawrence - Throw some spirituality into your travels by dropping by this religious sanctuary.

Blue Ridge National Heritage Area - It's easy to feel connected with Mother Earth at this breathtaking spot.

Botanical Gardens at Asheville - Organize a picnic date and enjoy a leisurely stroll around the interesting plants.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Asheville

Downtown Asheville

Travelers to Downtown Asheville praise its popular shops. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to make a stop by The Orange Peel and Pack Square.

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If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Kenilworth and surrounding area, you can visit The Orange Peel and Pack Square.

West Asheville

The picture-perfect mountain views and abundant dining options are top of the list for many visitors to West Asheville. A stop by Asheville Outlets or Asheville Treetops Adventure Park might round out your trip.

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Historic Montford

While Historic Montford might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like The Orange Peel and Pack Square.

Wolf Laurel

If you're spending some time in Wolf Laurel, Wolf Ridge Ski Resort and Big Bald are top sights worth seeing.

Grove Park- Sunset

While visiting Grove Park- Sunset, you might make a stop by sights like Grove Park Country Club and Grovewood Gallery.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Asheville on a sunny day?

What is Asheville famous for?

Biltmore Estate lives up to its reputation as a landmark you shouldn't miss.

What should I not miss in Asheville?

Asheville Mall is one thing you shouldn't jump back on that plane without exploring.

What can you do in Asheville for free?

You'll hardly have time to fetch your wallet out of your backpack with so many great free things to do:

  • Asheville Mall
  • Biltmore Village
  • Asheville Outlets
  • University of North Carolina at Asheville