The gorgeous mountain town of Asheville, North Carolina in the Blue Ridge Mountains is full of beautiful gardens, breweries, fantastic food, unique art and renowned historic attractions like the Biltmore Estate and Thomas Wolfe Memorial. Here are some of the top things to do when visiting Asheville, NC.
1. Biltmore Estate
This private estate was built and owned by the Vanderbilt Family. It was constructed from 1889 to 1895 and is comprised of a stately mansion and amazing gardens. It is a prominent representation of the Gilded Age. There are both guided and self-guided tours available, including a rooftop tour with incredible views, a tour through the manicured gardens, as well as Antler Village and Winery that offers fine estate wines and other items.
2. Thomas Wolfe Memorial
Located in the Historic District of downtown Asheville, this is the former home of the renowned American writer Thomas Wolfe. In 1971 the house was named a National Historic Landmark and is depicted in ‘Look Homeward, Angel,’ Wolfe’s famous epic novel.
3. North Carolina Arboretum
Located in the Pisgah National Forest, just southwest of Asheville, this 434-acree public garden is home to biking and hiking trails, gorgeous gardens and guide tours of the park where you are introduced to the region’s unique flora and fauna by expert botanists. The gardens also include one of the country’s most impressive bonsai collections.
4. Folk Art Center
More than 1,000 craftsmen are represented by the Southern Highland Craft Guild. This guild owns the world’s largest collection of Appalachian art, and it is on display at the Folk Art Center in the city of Asheville. There is also a library, three galleries and Eastern National bookstore.
5. Gray Line Trolley
Explore Asheville on this historic trolley tour. The red trolleys leave every 30 minutes from different stops n the city and wind their way through Asheville on a narrated tour where you learn all about the architecture, heritage and history of the city. Experts guides will point out various interesting things and attractions on the tour. Hop off the trolley at any point to explore the city’s galleries, museum, boutiques and shops and then hop back on the trolley any time you want.