What to see in Asheville

Asheville Attractions

One of the best ways to see the Asheville area is to drive along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, which snakes its way along the spine of the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains from Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The national park is the most visited in the state and offers a variety of walking trails, including part of the Appalachian Trail that traverses the park on its way from Georgia to Maine. The Blue Ridge Parkway also leads to the holistic centre of Asheville where the Biltmore Estate and Winery, an enormous chateau-styled mansion built for the incredibly rich Vanderbilt family, is located.

Other natural attractions in the area include the highest mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountain Range, the Grandfather Mountain, with its Mile High Swinging Bridge, and the natural granite tower of Chimney Rock. The mighty waterfall, sheer cliffs and unusual rock formations are the famous site where the final scenes of 'The Last of the Mohicans' were filmed. The Nantahala River Gorge is home to one of the most popular whitewater rafting and kayaking destinations in the country with rapids to suit beginners and experts alike.

Asheville's historic attractions are best seen from aboard a vintage trolley. This narrated tour features the town's memorable sites such as the Montford Historic District, the Grove Park Inn and Biltmore Village. The Thomas Wolfe memorial and Grove Arcade Building are also included in the tour. There are ghost tours to add a darker twist. The Urban Trail also allows sightseers to explore the highlights of the urban landscape on foot. Asheville is an artistic, charming city with enough cultural attractions to distract visitors from the great outdoors that looms large beyond the city.

Blue Ridge Parkway

Designed as a scenic drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a 469-mile (755km) road connecting the Shenandoah National Park…

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Straddling the border between North Carolina and Tennessee, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park boasts many natural…

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Linville Caverns

The Linville Caverns are an underground labyrinth of rooms and passageways moulded out of the rock-bed beneath Humpback…

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