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Whether you are exploring the great outdoors, visiting museums, or dining at one of Asheville's superior restaurants, you're bound to be making memories to last a lifetime! With plenty of diverse activities to choose from, you may easily plan an itinerary that has just the right pinch of adventure!

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

15 Places

3 City Tips

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15 Places

Day 1

Asheville Art Museum

Art Museums

Asheville Pinball Museum

Speciality Museums

Asheville Museum of Science

Speciality Museums

Asheville Emporium

Gift & Speciality Shops

Zambra

Restaurants

Day 2

Biltmore

Historic Sites, Wineries & Vineyards, Speciality Museums, Horseback Riding Tours, Ranches

Biltmore Gardens

Gardens

Biltmore Winery at Antler Hill Village

Wineries & Vineyards

Biltmore Village

Historic Sites, Neighbourhoods, Historic Walking Areas

The Corner Kitchen

Restaurants

Day 3

Riverside Cemetery

Cemeteries

Tupelo Honey

Restaurants

Basilica of Saint Lawrence

Churches & Cathedrals

Blue Ridge Parkway

Scenic Drives

Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center

Speciality Museums, Educational sites

Angela A's City Tips

  • Be sure to pack for the season, and always bring a light jacket as the evenings are usually cool in the mountains.
  • Be sure to set aside plenty of time to explore Asheville in all its natural glory!
  • Asheville offers several types of public transportation, including a historic trolley.
    Day 1
  • Asheville Art Museum
    Art Museums
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    Angela A Says:

    The 5,000 square foot Asheville Art Museum, located right in the center of downtown, displays American art from the 20th and 21st centuries.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The museum is open late (until 8pm) on the first Friday of each month.
    • On the first Wednesday of every month, there are limited free opening hours from 3 to 5pm.
    • Visit the gift shop here!
    • Be sure to check out the special events calendar.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #79 of 154 things to do in Asheville
    • Amazing local display , given the temporary nature of the facility ! 18/06/2018
    • Temporary facility "On the Slope" while the permanent space is being remodeled 22/08/2017
    • Asheville Art Museum
    Address:
    2 S Pack Sq
    Asheville, NC 28801-3521
    Phone:
    +1 828-253-3227
    Hours:
    Sun
    1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Tue - Sat
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Other:
  • Asheville Pinball Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Angela A Says:

    The Asheville Pinball Museum is a whimsical exploration into this fascinating arcade game. Guests are also invited to play to their hearts' content!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Located in downtown Asheville.
    • Many of the machines are for sale.
    • Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 154 things to do in Asheville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • So Cool! 12/12/2018
    • Family Fun 21/11/2018
    • Asheville Pinball Museum
    Address:
    1 Battle Sq Ste 1A
    Asheville, NC 28801-2731
    Phone:
    +1 828-776-5671
    Other:
  • Asheville Museum of Science
    Speciality Museums
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    Angela A Says:

    The Colburn Earth Science Center is an educational museum that focuses on science and geology. Guests may view artifacts and get hands-on with its interactive exhibits.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • You may schedule a free tour in advance.
    • The museum offers seasonal geology walks.
    • Each month, the gift shop features a gem on sale.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #63 of 154 things to do in Asheville
    • 2nd grade field trip 17/10/2018
    • Rocks and a Playroom 23/09/2018
    • Asheville Museum of Science
    Address:
    43 Patton Ave
    Asheville, NC 28801-3314
    Phone:
    +1 828-254-7162
    Hours:
    Sun
    1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Other:
  • Asheville Emporium
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Angela A Says:

    The aSHEville Museum, located downtown, features inspiring exhibits about women. Don't miss the Appalachian Women exhibit!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Metered parking is available on the street, and there is also a paid lot on the corner.
    • In lieu of admission, the museum accepts a recommended contribution.
    • Children aged 13 and under go free.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 131 Shopping in Asheville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Serendipity 14/10/2018
    • A Shop with a Cause 13/10/2018
    • Asheville Emporium
    Address:
    35 Wall St
    Asheville, NC 28801-2709
    Phone:
    +1 828-785-5722
    Price range:
    USD 5 - USD 5
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    10:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Fri - Sat
    10:00 am - 11:00 pm
    Other:
  • Zambra
    Restaurants (American, Mediterranean, Spanish)
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    Angela A Says:

    Zambra is a Spanish and Mediterranean tapas restaurant with a global wine list. The ambiance is remarkable, with twinkling lights and dark spaces.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Be sure to have the Grilled Scallops!
    • This place uses all natural meats and purchases organic products locally when possible.
    • There is late dining at the bar on the weekends.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #30 of 647 restaurants in Asheville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Someone’s in the Kitchen with Hot Sauce…. 10/12/2018
    • Great Time 03/12/2018
    • Zambra
    Address:
    85 W Walnut St
    Asheville, NC 28801-2870
    Phone:
    +1 828-232-1060
    Price range:
    USD 10 - USD 30
    Hours:
    Sun
    5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Mon - Thu
    5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Fri - Sat
    5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Other:
  • Day 2
  • Biltmore
    Historic Sites, Wineries & Vineyards, Speciality Museums, Horseback Riding Tours, Ranches
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    Angela A Says:

    The Biltmore Estate was built by George Vanderbilt, and it is America's largest home. Situated on 8,000 acres, visitors may explore the ornate house and the inspiring gardens.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • A self-guided tour is included with admission, or guests may opt for an audio or guided tour.
    • There is a special audio tour for children.
    • Be sure to visit the large retail store onsite.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 32 Sights & Landmarks in Asheville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great experience 15/12/2018
    • Couples Trip 15/12/2018
    • Biltmore
    Address:
    One Lodge Street
    Asheville, NC 28803-2662
    Phone:
    +1 800-411-3812
    Other:
  • Biltmore Gardens
    Gardens
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    Angela A Says:

    The Biltmore Gardens contains 2.5 miles of paths that tour its informal and formal garden areas. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, these lush landscapes beckon you to explore them.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Download a map of the gardens online in advance of your visit.
    • Visit the website to see what is blooming right now!
    • Don't miss the Walled Garden!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 154 things to do in Asheville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Biltmore Gardens 15/12/2018
    • Beautiful! 13/12/2018
    • Biltmore Gardens
    Address:
    1 Lodge St
    Asheville, NC 28803-2662
    Phone:
    +1 800-411-3812
    Other:
  • Biltmore Winery at Antler Hill Village
    Wineries & Vineyards
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    Angela A Says:

    The Biltmore Estate Winery is America's most visited winery. Guests will experience a winery tour and a complimentary tasting of over 20 wines.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • This place also offers specialty tours.
    • Ask about the wine club.
    • Visit the winery's website for informative wine tips!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 154 things to do in Asheville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Loved the Biltmore Estate 09/12/2018
    • If you go to the Biltmore, you have to go to the Winery 06/12/2018
    • Biltmore Winery at Antler Hill Village
    Address:
    1 Lodge St
    Asheville, NC 28803-2662
    Phone:
    +1 800-411-3812
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Mon - Fri
    11:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Sat
    10:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Other:
  • Biltmore Village
    Historic Sites, Neighbourhoods, Historic Walking Areas
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    Angela A Says:

    The Biltmore Village offers shopping, dining, and lodging in an inviting, historic environment. Expect to find national retailers, as well as unique shops here.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Try dinner at the Red Stag.
    • Visit the Olde World Christmas Shoppe, where it's always the holiday season.
    • Stop in the Grand Bohemian Gallery.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 154 things to do in Asheville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Cute! 12/12/2018
    • Walk around with a coffee.... 12/12/2018
    • Biltmore Village
    Address:
    10 Brook St
    Asheville, NC 28803-5500
    Phone:
    +1 828-398-6062
    Other:
  • The Corner Kitchen
    Restaurants (Seafood, American)
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    Angela A Says:

    The Corner Kitchen is located right in historic Biltmore Village, and is set in an 118 year old house. While everything on the menu is delicious, you'll never be disappointed with the Jamaican Jerk Smoked Chicken!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays.
    • A kid's menu is available.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 647 restaurants in Asheville
    • So good we ate here 3 times! 14/12/2018
    • I'm a regular for a reason! 14/12/2018
    • The Corner Kitchen
    Address:
    3 Boston Way
    Asheville, NC 28803-2653
    Phone:
    +1 828-274-2439
    Price range:
    USD 10 - USD 30
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Mon - Fri
    7:30 am - 10:30 am
    11:30 am - 3:00 pm
    Sat - Sun
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Other:
  • Day 3
  • Riverside Cemetery
    Cemeteries
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    Angela A Says:

    The Riverside Cemetery was established in 1885, and contains the grave site of acclaimed writer Thomas Wolfe. The cemetery is situated on 87 landscaped acres, and makes for a peaceful and reflective wander.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Tours are available.
    • The cemetery is within walking distance of downtown.
    • The cemetery also provides records research.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 154 things to do in Asheville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Peaceful and serene. 19/11/2018
    • Serene, pensive and historic. 23/09/2018
    • Riverside Cemetery
    Address:
    53 Birch St
    Asheville, NC 28801-1601
    Phone:
    +1 828-350-2066
    Other:
  • Tupelo Honey
    Restaurants (American, Contemporary)
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    Angela A Says:

    The Tupelo Honey Cafe is widely known for its breakfast, but it also serves lunch and dinner. Specializing in southern comfort food, this place truly excels with its made-from-scratch recipes.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Sample a craft beer or two.
    • Be sure to try the "Nutty Fried Chicken!"
    • Order the sweet potato pancakes!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #41 of 647 restaurants in Asheville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Southern inspired Cozy restaurant 13/12/2018
    • Wow 13/12/2018
    • Tupelo Honey
    Address:
    12 College St
    Asheville, NC 28801-2803
    Phone:
    +1 828-255-4863
    Price range:
    USD 10 - USD 30
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    9:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Fri - Sat
    9:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Other:
  • Basilica of Saint Lawrence
    Churches & Cathedrals
    See more photos
    Angela A Says:

    The Basilica of Saint Lawrence is right in downtown Asheville, and anyone in the area should stop in to see the simply stunning architecture! From its beautiful Spanish Renaissance exterior to its stained glass windows, it is a true treasure.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Self guided tours are available. Pick up a free printed tour sheet at the back of the church.
    • Guided tours may be scheduled in advance.
    • Be sure to visit the gift shop.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 154 things to do in Asheville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful! 13/12/2018
    • Absolutely Beautiful 08/12/2018
    • Basilica of Saint Lawrence
    Address:
    97 Haywood St
    Asheville, NC 28801-2852
    Phone:
    +1 828-252-6042
    Other:
  • Blue Ridge Parkway
    Scenic Drives
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    Angela A Says:

    The Blue Ridge Parkway is a scenic road that stretches through some of the most picturesque vistas in all of North Carolina. There are many campgrounds, picnic areas, and hiking trails.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Stop in the Visitor Center for maps and hiking trail information.
    • Be sure to stop at the overlooks for photo opportunities.
    • The parkway is 469 miles long.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 855 things to do in North Carolina Mountains
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • AWESOME!!! 11/12/2018
    • Blue Ridge Parkway 11/12/2018
    • Blue Ridge Parkway
    Phone:
    +1 828-298-0398
    Other:
  • Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center
    Speciality Museums, Educational sites
    See more photos
    Angela A Says:

    This art center is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and offers dynamic galleries of Appalachian crafts. Be sure to check for special events that may coincide with your visit!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • This is a great place to find gifts for friends or family.
    • Be sure to stop in the gift shop.
    • There is a research library here.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 154 things to do in Asheville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Surprised ! 13/12/2018
    • Amazing local artists 10/12/2018
    • Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center
    Address:
    Milepost 382, Blue Ridge Parkway
    Asheville, NC 28805
    Phone:
    +1 828-298-7928
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Other:
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