Asheville may be a small town, but it is filled with natural wonders and architectural treasures to be found. Of course, there are some great places to see and lots to do, but you will probably find your favorite places in the beautiful outdoors. Here is my list of Top Things to do in Asheville NC.
Top Things to do in Asheville NC
I love Asheville! You have the extravagance of the Biltmore Mansion down to the nature hikes and trails, to farm-to-tables food and amazing breweries.
I will share some of my favorites from them all below.
While traveling be sure you bring change so you can take advantage of any pressed penny machines you come across. These make great souvenirs.
When you are planning your trip make sure to check out the Crowne Plaza Hotel it's right near everything but far enough away to be quiet and relaxing. They have a lot to do right on the property.
With rentals available all over the world, you're sure to find the perfect place to stay. Airbnb has something for everyone. Plus, with prices that are often much cheaper than traditional hotels, you'll be able to stretch your vacation budget even further.
If you can not find an Airbnb that fits your needs a second option is VRBO. Find an amazing vacation home for your family.
Make sure to check out our travel deals page for any deals or sales on your next trip no matter where it is!
Also, consider visiting Asheville for Christmas. Between the Biltmore decor and the lights around town, they really do it upright!
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Take a day and visit the Biltmore Estate. This enormous estate is considered America’s largest private home. They have preserved the home just as it was and you truly feel like you are stepping back in time. See everything from the private family rooms, the entertaining rooms, and the servants' quarters.
Then you can head out and explore the gardens and the rest of the property which includes the Inn, a museum, several restaurants, and petting zoo, a winery, and more.
Across the street from the estate is Biltmore Villiage. This is now a shopping area with some great places to eat but this was once home to the workers who worked at Biltmore.
Related: Biltmore Estate at Christmas
Set out on a nature hike through the Appalachian Trails. If you just want a little taste of the 2K mile trail, hop on Lover’s Leap Loop.
Asheville Urban Trail
Enjoy the cultural and architectural history of Asheville on the Asheville Urban Trail. The trail is divided into 5 time periods from the Gilded Age to the present Age of Diversity.
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Pisgah National Forest
Appreciate the natural forests, and breathtaking waterfalls, and enjoy recreational activities at Pisgah National Forest. You can go camping, and hiking nature trails. There are waterfalls to take in and more.
North Carolina Arboretum
Right off Blue Ridge Parkway, you will want to stop at the North Carolina Arboretum. Wander through 65-acres of enchanted gardens including the National Native Azalea Collection, the Bonsai Exhibition, and Heritage Garden.
Blue Ridge Parkway
Consider a road trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This 469-mile road is filled with opportunities to stop and enjoy your experience. You can drive part of it right outside Asheville.
In Asheville, there is a Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center with info on stops along the parkway and a museum.
Ask the rangers at the desk for their Junior Ranger program book for any kids traveling with you. You can also ask them about any must-see locations at the park! Don't forget to visit the Ranger Station so any kids traveling can get their National Park Passport stamped.
Asheville has some of the best breweries in the States and more per capita than anywhere else. Visit the Highland Brewing Company, the Wicked Weed Brewing, or the New Belgium Brewing Company for some great drinks.
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Folk Art Center
Representing the artists and craftsmen of Southern Appalachia, the Folk Art Center is one of the most popular attractions of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
River Arts District
Soak up the natural beauty and free-spirited atmosphere of the River Arts District. The foundation wall as seen above offers some vibrate art that can be taken in. You will see art like this all over the district that runs right along the river.
Asheville Pinball Museum
If you like pinball machines, you can play as many as you like at the Asheville Pinball Museum. This isn't just a walk and looks museum you can get hands-on and play the machines too!
Better Than Unicorns
Get your own virtual reality experience at Better than Unicorns VR Arena and Immersive Studio. They have everything from ninjas to secret agents and even robots.
Stop in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner at the Homegrown. Here you will find your heart’s fill of southern cookin’. I had the fried chicken biscuit with gravy and oh my it was amazing.
Curate Tapas Bar
For some rustic Spanish tapas with a twist, stop in at Curate’ Tapas Bar. The eggplant is to die for.
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The Corner Kitchen is located in Biltmore Villiage and I recommend making a reservation. It's in one of the old historic homes and the food is amazing. Make sure you try the Corn Cowder it was hands down the top 3 soups I've ever had.
Indian food is addicting and all over Asheville. For an Indian infusion, visit Chai Pani. This is described as Indian Street Food.
For some of the best donuts of your life, go to Hole. Your donuts are literally made, cooked, and served fresh right in front of you!
If you have visited Asheville, share your top things to do in Asheville NC the comments below! We would love to add it to our list!