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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.