Discovering the Beauty of Asheville Murals

The best murals of Asheville

Asheville, North Carolina is a city filled with endless natural beauty that attracts visitors from all over the world. From the picturesque mountain skyline to the cascading waterfalls, this city has it all. However, one aspect of Asheville that often goes unnoticed is the vibrant street art scene, particularly the murals scattered throughout the city. Asheville murals are a unique form of expression that showcases the creativity and talent of local artists. These murals are not only beautiful but also tell important stories and convey meaningful messages. In this blog post, we will take a closer look at the beauty of Asheville murals.


What makes Asheville murals unique?


Asheville murals are unique in their own way. They are not just a form of graffiti but also a source of inspiration and empowerment. These murals cover a wide range of topics from social justice issues to nature and wildlife. Many murals highlight the local businesses that make Asheville such a unique city Asheville murals are not just limited to one style; they incorporate various art forms such as surrealism, abstract, and realism. The murals are usually painted on walls of buildings, giving them a grand canvas to showcase their talent.


The stories behind the murals


One of the most intriguing features of Asheville murals is the stories behind them. Each mural has a different and sometimes personal meaning that the artist aims to convey to the viewers. The murals represent the voice of the community, telling the tales of their struggles, hopes, and desires. One of the newest murals downtown celebrates  the Latin American Heritage of Western North Carolina.


The most well-known Murals in Asheville


The most famous mural that is the Instagram selfie favorite of Asheville, the Dolly Parton and Ru-Paul mural by Gus Cutty on Beauty Parade hair salon. Terra Marshall commissioned the mural because she believes Dolly is an Appalachian hero that champions love, acceptance, and literacy for all citizens. She added Ru Paul during covid because she believes he/she supports the same compassion for LGBTQ individuals


Downtown there are several mural installations that are important to the culture of Asheville. Triangle Park has a series of murals done by a group of artists sponsored by the local non-profit 

Just Folks that celebrates the heritage of black residents of Asheville. 


The Lexington Gateway Bridge has a collection of murals done by multiple artists in collaboration, including the Appalachian Flying Squirrels and the Saints of Asheville.


 Daydreamer on the Aloft hotel and the Chicken Alley mural are other very notable installations


If you would like to tour the murals of Asheville, sign up for  a comfortable bus ride through town  with Mountain Mural Tours to  learn about all the creators’ stories and inspirations, local history, and the community businesses that have made Asheville a national tourist destination.


Walking tour destinations


If you want to experience the beauty of Asheville street art , walking tours are a great way to go. The  Foundy Urban Art Walking Tour showcases the vibrant urban art scene of the River Arts District.These tours provide a great opportunity to learn about the different types of graffiti and the businesses that have made the River Arts District the center of art culture in Asheville.

The future of Asheville murals


Asheville Murals have gained immense popularity over the years. It has become a significant source of attraction for tourists visiting this beautiful city. With time, the city is witnessing newer murals being painted on buildings, adding to the already impressive collection. This not only promotes a thriving artistic scene but also enhances the beauty of the city.




Asheville murals showcase the creativity, talent, and diverse culture of the city. These murals tell powerful stories, showcasing what the community stands for and the issues they care about. Bus tours and walking tours offer a great opportunity to explore the vibrant street art scene of the city and learn about the history behind each mural. Asheville graffiti and murals are a must-see attraction for anyone visiting the city. It is an enriching experience that will leave you feeling inspired.


1 hour 30 minutes
Group Size
4 to 12

Dolly Parton and Beyond- Get off the Beaten Path of Asheville Street Art

Get ready to immerse yourself in Asheville's vibrant urban art scene on this guided walking tour! We'll explore hidden alleyways and bustling streets, discovering the stories and artistic talents behind the city's most captivating murals.
Our adventure begins in the River Arts District downtown, where the city’s art culture was born. We'll marvel at diverse styles, from photorealistic portraits to abstract creations. Our knowledgeable guide will share insights into the local artists and the messages they aim to convey.
No Asheville art tour is complete without a visit to West Asheville! Here, a vibrant community spirit shines through the colorful murals that adorn the walls. We'll stop by the legendary Beauty Parade Hair Salon, where a true Asheville icon – Dolly Parton – graces the side of the building. Artist Gus Cutty's creation features Dolly in all her rhinestone-studded glory, joined by the fabulous RuPaul in a recent update. Snap a selfie with this Instagram-famous mural and learn the story behind this unexpected artistic duo.
We will encounter murals that celebrate Asheville's rich cultural heritage, and local businesses close to the community's heart, or whimsical designs that spark your imagination. Our guide will keep you engaged with interesting facts and anecdotes about the murals and the artists who breathe life into Asheville's streets.
This tour is perfect for art enthusiasts, photography lovers, or anyone seeking a unique way to experience Asheville's culture. It's a chance to appreciate the artistic energy that pulsates through the city and be surprised by the beauty found in unexpected corners. So hop on the bus and join us on a colorful adventure!

1 hour
Group Size
2 to 12

Asheville Art Walk: Street Art Gems of Foundy Street in the River Arts District

Asheville Art Walk : A Graffiti and Mural Tour of the River Arts District

Unleash your inner art explorer on Walk the Line, a guided walking tour through the vibrant graffiti scene of Asheville's River Arts District (RAD)!

Immerse yourself in a world of artistic expression as we navigate the dynamic streets of the RAD, uncovering hidden alleys and showcasing large-scale murals. Our expert guide will peel back the layers, deciphering the messages and techniques behind each piece.

Here's what you can expect:

Discover iconic works by renowned Asheville street artists.
Learn the history and evolution of Asheville's graffiti scene.
Gain insights into the local artists' inspirations and styles.
Explore the cultural significance and impact of street art.
Uncover hidden gems tucked away in unexpected corners.
Capture Instagram-worthy photos of Asheville's most captivating street art.

Asheville Art Walk is perfect for:

Art enthusiasts curious about the world of graffiti.
Visitors seeking a unique and off-the-beaten-path experience.
Anyone who appreciates the vibrancy and raw energy of urban art.

Join us on the Asheville Art Walk and discover the hidden gems of the River Arts District!

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Best Bachelorette party
3 hours
Group Size
Up to 14

Bride Tribe, Ditch the Veil! Unleash Your Inner Artist on Our Bachelorette Beverage & Art Tour!


Skip the clichés and raise a glass to creativity! Our Asheville Bachelorette Art and Beverage Tour lets you and your besties explore the city's vibrant street art scene while indulging in the local craft beverage culture.

Immerse yourselves in:

A curated street art tour: Uncover hidden art gems and gain insights into the city's artistic soul from your knowledgeable guide.
Asheville's booming beverage scene: Sample delicious craft beers, ciders, or wines – all with a backdrop of stunning murals.
Sisterhood and laughter: Celebrate your bride-to-be with unforgettable experiences and photo-worthy moments.

What's Included:

Expertly guided street art tour
Tastings at multiple breweries, cideries, or wineries (depending on your preference)
Insider knowledge on Asheville's art and beverage scene

Ready to toast with your besties?

Book your tour today and let the artistic adventure begin! (Link to booking page)

Optional Add-on: For added convenience, upgrade your experience with pick-up and drop-off directly at your accommodation (fee based on distance).

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2 hours
Group Size
Up to 14

Street Art and Sips: A Curated Mural and Craft Beverage Tour of Asheville

Explore Asheville's Vibrant Art Scene with Street Art & Sips!

Embark on a unique adventure that blends Asheville's thriving street art scene with its celebrated craft beverage culture. Street Art & Sips is a guided walking tour that takes you on a journey through the city's hidden alleys and bustling streets, uncovering captivating murals while indulging in refreshing craft beverages.

What to Expect:

Immerse yourself in art: Our knowledgeable guide will lead you past a curated selection of Asheville's most impressive murals, from photorealistic portraits to whimsical abstractions. Learn about the stories and inspiration behind each creation, gaining a deeper appreciation for the city's artistic talent.
Savor local flavors: Quench your thirst with delicious craft beverages at carefully chosen stops along the way. Whether you're a beer aficionado, a cider enthusiast, or a wine connoisseur, we'll tailor the experience to your preferences, introducing you to Asheville's renowned breweries, cideries, or wineries – all boasting unique ambiance and delectable drinks.
Uncover Asheville's charm: As you navigate the city's vibrant neighborhoods, you'll gain insights into Asheville's history and culture, all while enjoying the fresh air and getting some exercise.

Street Art & Sips is the perfect activity for:

Art enthusiasts seeking a unique perspective on the city.
Drink lovers eager to discover Asheville's craft beverage scene.
Anyone wanting a fun and interactive way to explore Asheville's hidden gems.

Book your Street Art & Sips tour today and get ready to paint the town red (or white, or cider-gold) with art and delicious drinks!

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