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Asheville NC Attractions

Attraction-rich is perhaps the most apt, certainly the most succinct, way to describe this mountain town. Asheville NC lies at a unique crossroads that has borne witness to some of the most stunning events of human and geological history. Its unparalleled beauty and temperate climate captured the hearts of such powerful men as George Washington Vanderbilt II and E.W. Grove, ultimately leading to the construction of era-defining architectural Asheville NC attractions such as the Biltmore Estate, the Grove Arcade, and the iconic city hall made famous for its unique art deco design. Although the city of Asheville has only been around for a relatively brief time, it has garnered a remarkable reputation as a cultural epicenter for its museums, historic monuments, science centers and more! Lucky for visitors and locals this makes finding things to do in Asheville NC a snap.

The Best Things to Do in Asheville NC

The Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate and House
The Biltmore Estate is the realization of George Washington Vanderbilt's bold and enduring vision to create an estate both sustainable and beneficial to its surrounding community. As America's largest private home and one amazing Asheville attraction, the estate now encompasses acres of gardens, park lands, and managed forests... read more about the Biltmore Estate & House.
 

Pack Place

Pack Place Downtown Museums
The Asheville Art Museum, Colburn Earth Science Museum, Diana Wortham Theatre, and the YMI Cultural Center all call Pack Place home. Only one Asheville NC attraction can one find such a diverse mix of culture. Arts, theater, dance, African American heritage, and Geology are all things that define our world... read more about Pack Place.
 
Cherokee NC Sign

Discover Cherokee

Few places in this world demonstrate the richness of culture, depth of history, and natural beauty of Cherokee, North Carolina. Part of the Qualla Reservation, Cherokee is home of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians and has become an epicenter of cultural activity as the tribe works to... read more about Cherokee, NC
 

The Botanical Gardens at Asheville

Volunteers at the Botanical Gardens
In its mission to study and preserve local ecology, The Botanical Gardens at Asheville have, after many years of patience and hard work, cultivated a lasting testament to the beauty and diversity of plant life in Western North Carolina. Since its establishment in 1961, the Botanical Gardens have ... read more about Asheville's Botanical Gardens
 

The North Carolina Arboretum

Volunteers at the Botanical Gardens
The Conservation of the botanically diverse Southern Appalachian Mountains was given a great boon in 1986 with the establishment of The North Carolina Arboretum. A long time in the making, this refuge for the thousands of plant species... read more about The NC Arboretum
 

Natural Attractions in Asheville NC

Of course, man's tenure in these Blue Ridge Mountains has been brief indeed, compared to that of the region's majestic natural attractions that took the forces of eruption and erosion billions of years to sculpt. After all, it took the miraculous Chimney Rock formation to capture the mind of Lucius B. Morse (the mastermind behind Chimney Rock Park and Lake Lure). It took the gracefully rolling beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains to capture the imagination of George W. Vanderbilt. It might well be said that many Asheville attractions would never have existed were it not for the inspiration of the resplendent natural beauty that surrounds the city on every side.

Fortunately for all of us, Asheville and Western North Carolina's natural beauty has been preserved in the form of national parks, state forests, and wildlife sanctuaries; creating limitless possibilities for experiencing the geological and organic wonders around Asheville. The mammoth Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the waterfall-laden Pisgah National Forest, and the tranquil Lake Lure are just a few of Western North Carolina's praiseworthy natural attractions that make great things to do in Asheville NC on a weekend trip.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Easily the biggest natural attraction in the Southeast, or for that matter the United States, The Great Smoky Mountains national park is known to all of us. Because of the Park's sheer size, its incredible variety of terrain, and its devastating beauty, this national treasure plays host to over 9 million... read more about the Great Smoky Mountains Park.
 

The Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway
The enduring dream of The Blue Ridge Parkway is a tribute both to the immeasurable beauty of nature and the great perseverance of the American people. Over 52 years in the making, the Parkway attracts over 18 million visitors annually who come for the stunning natural attractions, diverse cultural centers, and the pristine, unhurried drives. Stretching 469 miles through the Blue Ridge Mountain Chain, land on both sides is protected and maintained by the United States Forestry Service... find out more about the Blue Ridge Parkway.
 

The French Broad River

The French Broad River
In modern times the French Broad River is fondly known as a premiere recreation spot with thriving wildlife and unforgettable scenery. The free-flowing river has become the thing to do in Asheville NC for outdoors lovers, providing the perfect location for rafting, canoeing... find out more about the French Broad River.
 

Lake Lure

Lake Lure North Carolina Beach
A mountain lake is one of our world's most idyllic settings. Lake Lure's crystal clear waters rest almost 1000 above sea level, almost always under stunning blue skies, and in between the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains. Breathtaking vistas are to be had in every direction and yet Lake Lure offers so much more... read more about Lake Lure, NC.
 

WNC Swimming Holes

sliding rock
WNC's landscape is dotted with a multitude of beautiful swimming holes were you can beat the summer heat. There's so many Asheville area swimming holes to choose from that we've created this guide so you can easily find the swimming holes that suit you best... see our Swimming Hole Guide
 

WNC Waterfalls

WNC Waterfalls
Western North Carolina's waterfalls are part of what makes this one of the most beautiful regions in the world. From the subtle beauty of a 20 foot waterfall and its quiet pool to the majesty of the 411 foot Whitewater Falls, these natural formations of rock and water have captured the imaginations of visitors to the Asheville area for generations. Read on to explore WNC's Waterfalls
 

The Cradle of Forestry in America

Volunteers planting trees at Asheville's Cradle of Forestry
Nestled in the beautiful Pisgah National Forest, the 6,500 acre The Cradle of Forestry in America is a National Historic Site charged with preserving the history of forest management. Through all the things to do in Asheville NC; classes, movies, and interactive exhibits at the Forestry Discovery Center as well as a variety of trails... read more about The Cradle of Forestry