Things to do in Asheville, NC

Savor the area's rich culinary delicacies and also enjoy a feast for your eyes when you visit the "Paris of the South"


Tucked away in the Appalachian Mountains, Asheville's eclectic fusion of past and present makes it a great place to explore and tak in the sites. From the great outdoors to great art, you can find it all and more during your travels through Asheville.

Explore Downtown

When you head to Asheville’s downtown, you’ll be greeted by architectural styles ranging from art deco to neo-classical and Beaux Arts. Many of the art deco buildings were built by the same designers of the sprawling Biltmore Estate southwest of the downtown area. Browse through the Antique Tobacco Barn, often voted the best place for antiques in the region, or meander through a handful of museums set in storybook houses or historic brick buildings. Cover the city's food scene on a three-hour food tour that stops at a half-dozen or so restaurants and food specialty shops for tastings.

Follow the Art Trail

With more than 30 art galleries in the downtown district alone, the love and appreciation of art is an Asheville staple. In addition to the downtown scene, you can visit funky lofts and warehouse galleries in the River Arts District along the French Broad River. Wind your way along the Asheville Crafts Trail as it takes you to artisan shops set in scenic locations. Want to learn art skills for yourself? Head over to 310 Art, an in-house art school for classes.

Adore the Outdoors

Take a drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway to enjoy breathtaking views of the Appalachian Mountains and scenic grassy landscapes. The parkway goes on for about 470 miles so you can tailor your journey to suit the amount of time you have. Get a bird's eye view of Ashville’s scenery by booking a tour with Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures. On this three-hour excursion, you’ll soar over treetops, cross sky bridges and the surrounding countryside, while your Canopy Rangers fill you in on the local plant and wildlife.

Turn up Your Taste Buds

Are your lips smacking at the thought of good barbecue? Check out 12 Bones Smokehouse where everything is made from scratch. The menu includes all your favorite barbecue dishes—ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket and even whole smoked chickens with all the fixings. Buy meats by the pound to take out for your family gathering. Everything on the menu comes from local organic vendors at All Souls Pizza. The joint even mills their own grains for the pizza dough. All Souls also offers salads, soups and sandwiches and makes gluten-free polenta pizzas.

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