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Things To Do in Asheville

Asheville Attractions and Adventures

There are many fun things to do in Asheville, NC, which boasts a thriving arts community, diverse outdoor adventures, a vibrant and inviting downtown, numerous historic and architectural attractions, and unique shopping options.

  • Event Calendar

    Enjoy the unique traditions of the Festival of Native Peoples in Cherokee or listen to the indie bands at LAAFF. Whatever your musical tastes, Asheville's music scene provides a compelling mix of musical things to do.
  • Outdoor Adventures

    The outdoors are seemingly endless in the Western North Carolina mountains, the outdoor playground of the Southeast.
  • Discover Downtown

    Asheville skipped the urban renewal process that stripped the character from many downtowns. Today, its rich architectural legacy with its mix of Art Deco, Beaux Arts and Neoclassical styles is the perfect backdrop to the city's edgy energy.
  • Family Fun

    Asheville has many activities and things to do that are fun for the whole family.
  • Hiking

    Hiking trails in Asheville and the Western North Carolina range from easy to difficult, and take hikers past mountain scenery, nature scenes and waterfalls. Here are details about trails for your next hiking vacation.
  • History

    Asheville has a wide range of historic attractions and museums, including America's largest home, Biltmore Estate, and the home of native author Thomas Wolfe.
  • Music

    Asheville's music scene is a vital piece of the city's culture. The rhythm of the city began centuries ago with the arrival of Scotch-Irish settlers who filled the hills with the sounds of their reels, ballads and folk songs.
  • Tours

    Sure you can do the typical tour by putting on some comfortable shoes, grabbing your binoculars and camera, and heading out to find things to do in Asheville, NC. Instead, consider a tour twist—experience unique leaf looking via whitewater kayak, Segway, Jeep, train or llama.
  • Nightlife

    Asheville has a thriving and vibrant nightlife scene, ranging from wine bars to friendly, neighborhood brewpubs to sidewalk cafes and coffee shops.
  • Shopping

    With dozens of arts and crafts galleries, retail and antique shops, as well as fresh finds and local food products at dozens of farmer tailgate markets in the region, Asheville is a shopper's paradise.
  • Romance

    A romantic getaway, vacation or honeymoon in Asheville is the perfect  escape, whether you want a romantic restaurant, a romantic inn or hotel, or romantic things to do like hiking or gazing at the mountain scenery.
  • The Arts

    The Asheville arts scene is buzzing, featuring hundreds of fine artists, performing arts venues, mountain crafters, folk artists, hip arts neighborhoods, numerous art galleries and myriads of art events.
  • Wildlife

    Otters, bears, birds, and countless species of plants can be found on mountaintop ridges, along the trails and even in urban settings.
  • Spas

    Today, the Asheville area has evolved into a premier spa destination. The region features a diverse mix of treatments and wellness services virtually unheard-of outside major metropolitan areas.
  • Nearby Towns

    There is something refreshing about a laid-back stroll through a small mountain town. Simple pleasures take center stage and the clock seems to tick a little slower in communities like Black Mountain, Weaverville and Woodfin.