The 6 best things to do on a vacation in Asheville

The guide to an Asheville vacation.

 

 Asheville, North Carolina, is not your ordinary city. It is tucked in the Blue Ridge Mountains and is full of charm, history, and natural beauty. Tourists from all over the world have discovered this quaint town and the many hidden gems it has to offer. With breathtaking views, unique attractions, and an array of outdoor activities, Asheville is the perfect place to spend your next vacation. In this post, we will give you the ultimate guide to taking a vacation in Asheville and discovering all that this magical town has to offer!

 

 

1. Explore the Biltmore Estate: The Biltmore Estate is a colossal mansion built by George Vanderbilt in the late 1800s. It comprises over 8,000 acres of magnificent gardens, forests, and pastures. Exploring the estate is an experience like no other – from touring the opulent mansion to wandering through the wineries, hiking trails, and bike trails. You’ll even find a farmyard and kids’ park! The estate is an excellent place for families, couples, or solo travelers to spend a day or two in the only castle in USA!

 

blue ridge parkway

 

2. Visit the Blue Ridge Parkway: The Blue Ridge Parkway, also known as “America’s Favorite Drive,” is a 469-mile long national parkway that connects the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the Shenandoah National Park. It boasts of some of the most splendid views in the country, and every traveler who visits Asheville should take a drive on the parkway. There are several beautiful spots to stop along the way and enjoy the scenery, including waterfalls, overlooks, and hiking trails. Be sure to pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the fantastic air and amazing views!

 

 

French braod river adventures

3. Get outdoors: Asheville is famous for its many outdoor activities, and there is no shortage of options regardless of your interests. You can go camping, hiking, biking, fishing, or kayaking in the many beautiful parks, forests, and streams around town. The city has several greenways that offer long, flat trails for running, biking, or walking. During the summer, head over to Lake Lure and enjoy a beautiful day on the water. In the winter, enjoy skiing or snowboarding at the nearby ski resorts, such as Cataloochee Ski Area.

 

Hi-Wire Brewing

 

4. Tour the breweries: Asheville is “Beer City USA,” and rightfully so. The town is home to more than 38 breweries, all providing delicious beer with unique flavors, tastes, and experiences. On a rainy day or a lazy afternoon, touring the breweries is the perfect activity to do, and even better, most of the tastings are free. Notable breweries to stop by include Hi Wire, Sierra Nevada, Highland Brewing Company, and New Belgium Brewing.

 

Foodtopia Asheville

 

 

5. Experience the vibrant local culture: Asheville has a vibrant local culture full of music,  and trendy food spots. Take a stroll in the downtown area and explore the many independent shops and cafes or attend one of the many local music or arts festivals. You’ll find local musicians, painters, and artists displaying their work and talents. Asheville is famous for its farm-to-table cuisine and offers a vast selection of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. You will not go hungry! Explore Asheville Foodtopia

 

 

Enjoy a Mural Tour

 

6. Asheville Art- There are many great ways to experience Asheville as an art destination. Asheville Art museum has an extensive collection of 20 and 21st century Western North Carolina Art. The Center for Craft empowers local Applachian crafters with grants and great exhibits. Downtown has multiple galleries and the River Arts District is the center of Asheville Art Culture. Enjoy a tour of the RADs street art and all the great murals in Asheville on the Mountain Mural Tour

 

Asheville is the ultimate vacation destination, offering something for every traveler. The town is full of history, natural beauty, and unique attractions that are sure to create an unforgettable experience for you and your loved ones. From the stunning Biltmore Estate to the Blue Ridge Mountains, hiking trails, breweries, and farmers’ markets, there’s no end to the adventure and fun you can have. So, pack your bags and head out to Asheville, where the memories you make will last a lifetime!

Duration
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!

Duration
1 hour
Group Size
2 to 12

Walking Foundy Tour

Join us on a walking tour of the Foundy in the River Arts District where we learn about the artists that have worked to create an unforgettable street art experience.

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

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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
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Street Art and Sips

Asheville is an amazing place to have a destination wedding and enjoy a Bachelorette or Bachelor party before the nuptials. Not to mention the perfect place to get together with your besties and enjoy the sights and flavors of this great city. Our breweries, cideries, and wine producers invest in Asheville's art culture by commissioning some of the best murals in our community. Come learn about urban art culture while you sample Asheville's best spirits. If you need pick-up and drop-off at your lodging an extra fee can be added based on miles from the River Arts District.

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