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21 Best Asheville Attractions Every Tourist Must See

Ashville is considered one of the more historic and artistic cities in the US. It has a ton of activities for travelers to enjoy, a lot of them free of charge. If you’re looking for something awesome to do during your stay in this happy city, look no more. Ashville is perfect for adventure and fun no matter what your budget is.

21 Most Popular Attractions in Asheville

1. The North Carolina Arboretum

  • Free
  • The North Carolina Arboretum, Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC, United States
  • Opens daily 8am-7pm

2. Carl Sandburg Home

  • 1 hour
  • Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, 81 Carl Sandburg Lane, Flat Rock, NC, United States
  • Open daily 9am–5pm

3. Basilica of Saint Lawrence

  • Donations accepted
  • Basilica of Saint Lawrence, Haywood Street, Asheville, NC, United States
  • Opens daily

4. Asheville Botanical Gardens

  • Donations accepted
  • Botanical Gardens At Asheville, West .T. Weaver Boulevard, Asheville, NC, United States
  • Opens daily 12nn-4pm

5. Thomas Wolfe House

  • Adult $5 Child Free
  • Thomas Wolfe Memorial, North Market Street, Asheville, NC, United States
  • Tue-Sat 9am-5pm

6. Smith-McDowell House Museum

  • Adult $9 Child Free
  • Smith-McDowell House Museum, Victoria Road, Asheville, NC, United States
  • Wed-Sat 10am-4pm

7. US Cellular Center

  • Vary depending on events
  • U.S. Cellular Center, 87 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC, United States
  • Time vary depending on events

8. McCormick Field

  • Vary depending on events
  • McCormick Field - Home of the Asheville Tourists, Buchanan Place, Asheville, NC, United States
  • Time vary depending on events

9. Asheville Mall

  • free
  • Asheville Mall, South Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC, United States
  • Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 12pm-6pm

10. The Omni Grove Park Inn

  • Vary depending on stay
  • The Omni Grove Park Inn, 290 Macon Ave, Asheville, NC 28804, USA
  • Opens daily

11. Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center

  • Free
  • Folk Art Center, Folk Art Center: Milepost, Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville, NC, USA
  • Daily 9am-5pm

12. Biltmore Estate

  • Adult $50 Child Free
  • Biltmore Estate, Lodge Street, Asheville, NC, United States
  • Open daily 9am–5pm

13. Asheville’s Fun Depot

  • from $4
  • Asheville's Fun Depot, Roberts Rd, Asheville, NC, USA
  • Mon- Thu 12nn-8pm, Fri 12-10pm, Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 1pm-8pm

14. Woolworth Walk

  • Free
  • Woolworth Walk, Haywood St, Asheville, NC, USA
  • Daily 11am-6pm

15. Grovewood Village

  • Free
  • Grovewood Village, Asheville, NC, USA
  • Mon– Sat10am–5:30pm, Sun 11am–5pm

Hiking Activities For Nature Travellers

Enjoy beautiful walks through deep trails surrounded by exotic gardens when you visit the North Carolina Arboretum. It’s free of charge and allows you to explore the Southern Appalachian Mountains as you bike, hike, picnic or practice your photography. If you can’t get enough of the wildness, visit Ashville Botanical Garden where you can study rare flowers, hikes trails, walk over bridges, and swim in a nearby creek.

Best Self-Guided Tours

The Basilica of Saint Lawrence is perfect for those wanting to take a closer look at art, history, and architecture. The Basilica is not only a traditional building of worship; it is a landmark with a rich story behind its design, which makes it the only Basilica in Western North Carolina.

You can visit the infamous author, novelist, and playwright Thomas Wolfe’s home. Through the tour, you can discover the life he lived throughout the 1920s, the tragedies he faced, and the inspiration he gathered from his surroundings, which inspired his written works. Another home by a famous writer worth touring is the home of the poet Carl Sandburg. You can either request guided tours or take your own tour of the home. Learn about the family’s goat dairy farming business or hike the trails around the home to explore the backyards. Throughout summer, they host several events dedicated to Carl Sandburg.

If you are planning to visit the Omni Grove Park Inn, prepare to be in awe as you tour the historical masterpiece. Because of its location practically on the top of a cliff, you can catch jaw-dropping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and all of downtown Asheville. Inside are a few stores and a large yet interest lobby area.

The Biltmore Mansion

Ashville’s historical treasure, the Biltmore Mansion, is the highlight of all things entertainment. Not only can you stay nights at the mansion or the estate cottages, but it is stocked full with a fancy restaurant for estate dining, a winery, a museum, and a traditional shopping plaza. The Biltmore also has plenty of outdoor activities near the estate that the family can enjoy such as horseback riding, kayaking, fly fishing, sporting clays and bike riding through the preserved forest.

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