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 House
Look Homeward, Thomas Wolfe Fans

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

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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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  • Chimney Rock Park in Fall
    by Jacqui Castle

    The scenery at Chimney Rock State Park possesses a magnetic draw for tourists and locals alike. Over the years, artists, writers and filmmakers taken inspiration from the towering granite monolith and take-your-breath-away rock overhangs and … read more

  • Indigo Bunting
    by Del Holston

    Flashes of red plumage in the forest canopy and a familiar song - “what-cheer, what-cheer, what-cheer” - signify the presence of a nearby Northern Cardinal. This is an easy bird to recognize, even for a novice bird watcher, but it is only … read more

  • Falconry
    by Jacqui Castle

    Fall is a favorite time here in Western North Carolina, when the cooling weather provides ideal conditions for exploring all that this area has to offer. The changing leaves along the Blue Ridge Parkway present a feast for the eyes, and the migration … read more

  • Christmas at Biltmore
    by Jason Tarr

    Few experiences embody the excitement of the holidays like enjoying a display of bright, twinkling Christmas lights and meticulously-designed decorations. Visitors to Asheville, N.C. can enjoy these dazzling, family-friendly light shows that are sure … read more

  • Mount Mitchell Observation Deck
    by Jack Igelman

    The Cherokee called the mountain Tanawha, meaning Great Hawk or Eagle. While that name may be forgotten, no other ridge top near Asheville is so familiar as the lofty silhouette of Grandfather Mountain , the name adopted by early settlers. At its … read more

  • Couple at Craggy Pinnacle
    by K.C. Cronin

    Even after 14 years of living in Asheville, just a glimpse of the Blue Ridge Mountains casts a spell on me.  It looks so far away but ahh…it is not. Just a short drive from downtown and I’ll be at Craggy Gardens (Craggy for short) … read more