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Asheville Off The Beaten Path

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It's beautiful, it's eclectic, and it's anything but boring. A trip to Asheville, North Carolina offers something for everyone, with both indoor and outdoor adventures for travelers of all ages. But if you're looking for something to do besides the obligatory tourist sites, here are some of the off the beaten path places in Asheville that are definitely worth a visit.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

Blue Ridge Parkway

Scenic Drives

Pisgah Mountain Bike Adventures - Day Tours

Bike Tours

Western North Carolina Farmers Market

Flea & Street Markets

River Arts District

Art Galleries, Neighbourhoods

Thomas Wolfe Memorial

Historic Sites, Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Blue Ridge Hiking Company

Hiking & Camping Tours, Sightseeing Tours, Nature & Wildlife Tours

Pritchard Park

Parks

Haunted Asheville Ghost Tours

Ghost & Vampire Tours

Lake Lure Flowering Bridge

Bridges, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Chimney Rock State Park

Parks, Hiking Trails, Geologic Formations, Observation Decks & Towers

Melanie F's City Tips

  • Take a ride on the Asheville Trolley to get a feel for the town and all that it has to offer.
  • Rent a motor scooter for a fun time zooming around — and less effort parking!
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes — regardless of what kind of traveler you are, Asheville is a walking town.
  • Blue Ridge Parkway
    Scenic Drives
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    Melanie F Says:

    Lovers of scenic drives will absolutely fall in love with the Blue Ridge Parkway and its dazzling views of the Appalachian Highlands. With almost 500 miles to explore, the roads are open year-round, and offer an intimate look at nature in all four seasons.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Setting up a GoPro on the dash will make for some amazing videos of your experience.
    • Don't forget to stop into the Museum of North Carolina Minerals at Spruce Pine .
    • Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a relaxing meal at one of the many overlooks.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 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:
  • Pisgah Mountain Bike Adventures - Day Tours
    Bike Tours
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    Melanie F Says:

    Bike riders and thrill seekers alike, check out the Pisgah Mountain Bike Adventures for half-day, day-long, and muti-day bike trips through the Pisgah National Forest and Dupont State Recreational Forest. There are even night rides on offer!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Attach a GoPro to your bike or person for some great photographic reminders of your trip.
    • Nearby bike and gear rental is available if you do not have your own.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 49 Outdoor Activities in Asheville
    • Great day in Dupont Forest with Mike 05/09/2018
    • DuPont and Pisgah with Yuri 21/08/2018
    • Pisgah Mountain Bike Adventures - Day Tours
    Address:
    450 Windswept Dr
    Asheville, NC 28801-4262
    Phone:
    +1 828-393-0101
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Other:
  • Western North Carolina Farmers Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Melanie F Says:

    Located near downtown Asheville, the Western North Carolina Farmers Market offers fruits and vegetables, jams, baked breads, mountain crafts, sandwiches and more, from local farms and vendors.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Open daily, all year round.
    • Admission is free.
    • Make sure to look up and see views of the mountains and stately Biltmore Estate.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 154 things to do in Asheville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Great Farmer's Market 17/11/2018
    • Good stuff 29/10/2018
    • Western North Carolina Farmers Market
    Address:
    570 Brevard Rd
    Asheville, NC 28806-2305
    Phone:
    +1 828-253-1691
    Other:
  • River Arts District
    Art Galleries, Neighbourhoods
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    Melanie F Says:

    Art enthusiasts will love the River Arts District, which features over 180 working studios with items in the paint, pencil, pottery, metal, fiber, glass, wax, and paper mediums. Take in some of the city's eclectic culture with a walk along the French Broad River while browsing unique art and its artists.

    Good for
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Open daily, all year round.
    • Stay in the area for a great lunch or dinner as well.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #30 of 154 things to do in Asheville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Something for everyone. 10/12/2018
    • A perfect place for a lazy stroll on a warm weekend 09/12/2018
    • River Arts District
    Phone:
    +1 828-552-4723
    Other:
  • Thomas Wolfe Memorial
    Historic Sites, Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Melanie F Says:

    For a bit more of an intimate history lesson, literature lovers will enjoy a visit to the Thomas Wolfe Memorial home and museum, the boyhood home of American author Thomas Wolfe. An important factor in the history of not only Wolfe, but the city of Asheville, the memorial will bring you closer to this great writer, his life, and his family.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Child and student programs are available.
    • Check the website for special events and writing competitions.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 154 things to do in Asheville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Old Kentucky Home- The Thomas Wolfe Memorial 12/12/2018
    • If you have any interest in American literature, it's worth a visit 11/12/2018
    • Thomas Wolfe Memorial
    Address:
    52 N Market St
    Asheville, NC 28801-8105
    Phone:
    +1 828-253-8304
    Price range:
    USD 5 - USD 5
    Hours:
    Tue - Sat
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Other:
  • Blue Ridge Hiking Company
    Hiking & Camping Tours, Sightseeing Tours, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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    Melanie F Says:

    These are some great tours for thrill-seekers on foot through the Blue Ridge Hiking Company. Offering both private and group hikes as well as day and multi-day trips, Blue Ridge Hiking Company will guide you through the Pisgah National Forest for a fascinating and unforgettable experience.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Dress appropriately for hiking.
    • Sign up on the website to ensure desired days and times.
    • Bring sunscreen and bug repellent.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 49 Outdoor Activities in Asheville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Vacation Day Hikes 29/11/2018
    • Great hiking with exceptional guide 19/11/2018
    Phone:
    +1 828-713-5451
    Other:
  • Pritchard Park
    Parks
    Melanie F Says:

    In the heart of downtown Asheville, come out between Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends to experience some of the Asheville Downtown Association’s Pritchard Park Cultural Arts Program. From drum circles to dancing to live music performances, there's something great going on all summer long at Pritchard Park.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Check the website for the full schedule of the arts program.
    • During your stay, visit some of the unique shops and cafes as well.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #88 of 154 things to do in Asheville
    • Addicts and fighting 01/10/2018
    • Friday nights are something else 01/07/2018
    • Pritchard Park
    Address:
    4 College St
    Asheville, NC 28801-2803
  • Haunted Asheville Ghost Tours
    Ghost & Vampire Tours
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    Melanie F Says:

    Joining a Haunted Asheville Ghost Tour is a great way to learn a little about the history of Asheville and the spookier side of the city, which is known as one of the most haunted cities in the U.S. Come experience the things going bump in an Asheville night.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Wear comfortable walking shoes.
    • A self-guided tour app is also available for wandering on your own.
    • Book online to ensure the day and time that you want.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 68 Tours in Asheville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Tad was amazing! 10/12/2018
    • Not very haunted 26/11/2018
    • Haunted Asheville Ghost Tours
    Address:
    80 Broadway St
    Asheville, NC 28801-2916
    Phone:
    +1 828-318-8579
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 am - 2:00 am
    Other:
  • Lake Lure Flowering Bridge
    Bridges, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Melanie F Says:

    For one of the most awe-inspiring sights in all of Asheville, visit the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge. Come walk through this flowering wonderland blooming across a historic bridge and crossing the Rocky Bridge River.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Don't forget the camera! If you're coming alone, bring a selfie-stick to get some photos of yourself in this beautiful setting.
    • For a local experience, volunteer at the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge to help this site maintain its beauty.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Lake Lure
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful 11/12/2018
    • Breathtaking Beauty 11/12/2018
    • Lake Lure Flowering Bridge
    Address:
    3068 Memorial Hwy # 7
    Lake Lure, NC 28746-9801
    Phone:
    +1 770-419-0445
    Other:
  • Chimney Rock State Park
    Parks, Hiking Trails, Geologic Formations, Observation Decks & Towers
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    Melanie F Says:

    Nature is an artist, and Chimney Rock State Park is one of its masterpieces. A day in the park can include hiking, rock climbing, bird- and critter watching, photography, or simply finding a peaceful place to sit and sketch the afternoon away before this mountainous landscape.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes.
    • Don't forget the sunscreen and bug spray! A camera is also clearly a must.
    • Visit website to enter the "Selfie in the Park" photo contest.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Chimney Rock
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Unique state park and well run 14/12/2018
    • Great experience all the way to the top 11/12/2018
    • Chimney Rock State Park
    Address:
    431 Main St.
    Chimney Rock, NC 28720
    Phone:
    +1 800-277-9611
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 am - 4:30 pm
    Other:
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