Attractions

Immerse yourself in the perennial beauty of Asheville’s natural wonders, be enchanted by the by-gone era of America’s Gilded Age, or embark upon a thrilling zipline adventure through the forest canopy. With activities that appeal to every traveler, create an Asheville experience all your own through one of our many unique attractions.

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Thomas Wolfe Shoes
Look Homeward, Thomas Wolfe Fans

by Katie Knorovsky
Thomas Wolfe famously wrote “You can’t go home again,” but don’t let that stop you from exploring…

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Biltmore & Italian Gardens
Visit Biltmore: A True American Treasure

by Elizabeth Sims
Asheville’s crown jewel, Biltmore , was created by George Vanderbilt in 1895 as a retreat…

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  • Downtown Asheville Skyline in Fall
    by Jason Tarr

    As the weather grows cooler, the brisk mountain air paints the leaves of the forest trees in brilliant reds, yellows, and oranges. In the mountains surrounding Asheville, North Carolina, fall color experts are forecasting a longer-than-usual fall … read more

  • Lake Balloon Picture Big
    by Asheville Insider

    With glowing reds and brilliant yellows sprayed across the mountains, fall in Asheville is a season to behold. But for those with just a little bit more adventurous spirit, here’s a suggestion: How about getting the most unique view of the fall … read more

  • Monarch - Hop 'n Blueberry Farm
    by Asheville Insider

    Shortly before Mother Nature rolls out her annual show of autumn , an equally impressive rite of fall takes place in the mountains just outside of Asheville: the passing of thousands of migrating monarch butterflies winging their way to Mexico. Tour … read more

  • A Day on the Asheville Urban Trail
    by Mark File

    Asheville loves to do things differently. So it’s fitting the city’s history museum is outdoors along the sidewalks of downtown . Take a self-guided “scavenger hunt” to learn about tidbits of Asheville’s fascinating past . With the help of a map, … read more

  • Otters
    by Asheville Insider

    Meet Obi-Wan and Olive, two adorable North American river otters that call the WNC Nature Center home. These playful creatures are found in a wide variety of aquatic habitats and can tolerate a great range of temperature and elevations. A river … read more

  • Serafina and the Twisted Staff
    by Jason Tarr

    In the cavernous basement of the Biltmore Estate and in the magical forests surrounding Asheville is a mythical protagonist, 12-year-old Serafina, who has captivated the attention of the nation’s readers. The first chronicle of her daring quest to … read more