See & Do in the Asheville Area

Filled with natural wonders and architectural treasures, you’ll soon come to understand the allure of Asheville. Discover for yourself all there is to see and do. From our iconic landmarks to local favorites, these are our sure bets for a memorable mountain escape.

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For a Spooky Good Time: 5 Haunted Adventures

by Cat Kessler

A city that has as much history as Asheville is sure to have a few mysteries, and exploring the unknown can sometimes lead down strange and even spooky paths. But do not fear! All of Asheville's haunted and mysterious adventures are fully guided. … read more

Make Way for Woodfin, Asheville’s Neighbor to the North

by Jen Nathan Orris

The town of Woodfin beckons just beyond Merrimon Avenue’s shops and restaurants. Head north past the majestic trees that line scenic Beaver Lake and discover a town that reveals itself mile by mile. Woodfin is small in size but mighty in stature, … read more

A Crossroads of Shopping & Dining at Biltmore Park

by Janet Moore

Head south from Asheville, where the French Broad River meanders alongside I-26 and you find the pedestrian-friendly neighborhood of Biltmore Park . Developed by the great grandson of George Vanderbilt, the area incorporates residences, businesses, … read more

Masterminds Movie Stars in Asheville

by Cat Kessler

When heist comedy Masterminds hits theaters in 2015, movie goers who know Asheville, N.C. may see some familiar sites. Several local spots make cameo appearances in the film, such as downtown Asheville's Pack Square and BB&T building, which was … read more

Asheville's Literary Connections

by Asheville Insider

Asheville's literary heritage stretches across the 20th century and contemporary authors continue to be drawn here. These well-known novelists, poets, essayists and storytellers have ties to Asheville: F. Scott Fitzgerald, who spent two summers at … read more

Moog Music: Pioneer of Modern Sound

by Asheville Insider

Bob Moog is a well-known legend in the music industry. In fact, in many ways he was a pioneer. Having invented the Moog Synthesizer back in the 1960s, Moog revolutionized the way we enjoy music today. You would be hard pressed to find any major band … read more

Tap Your Toes at an Asheville Music Festivals

by Asheville Insider

From the local and regional musicians that meet at Shindig for a night of musical fun to the global performers at July's Folkmoot festival in nearby Waynesville, the Asheville area's summer music festivals are as eclectic as the city itself. People … read more

Asheville in the Movies

by Asheville Insider

"Quiet on the set!" is not a phrase you think you’d hear while admiring the serene beauty of the peaks in Western North Carolina. But, more and more Hollywood producers have found that these 6,000-foot peaks provide visually spectacular backdrops for … read more

What Is Appalachia?

by Asheville Insider

The Blue Ridge Mountains, the spine of southernmost Appalachia, are gently rolling as ranges go. Some of the oldest mountains in the world, the Blue Ridge and its famous scenic parkway are a source of much of the region's beauty, character—and even … read more

Wild Food Foraging Adventures in Asheville

by Jodi Helmer

Ask local chefs and mixologists about the inspiration for their signature dishes and drinks, and they will tell stories about searching for patches of chickweed, chanterelles, sassafras, violets and dandelions in the forests and parks. The bounty of … read more