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1. Brewery Tours

Sierra Nevada Brewery. Asheville is the place for local craft beers and breweries. Take a tour of several of the many local breweries and sample the local craft beers. Also learn about the history and processing of making different beers. The tour guides are experienced and knowledgeable.

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2. Zipline Adventure Park

Zipline Adventure Park.

1 Resort Drive
AshevilleNC  

(877) 247-5539

If you are looking for adventure and excitement, then visit Asheville Adventure Treetop Adventure Park. This is a fun fulled adventure for both children and adults. There are several zipline tours for your choosing. You will soar above 150 year old majestic white and red oaks, see scenic mountain views and enjoying spectacular views of the Asheville skyline.

Directions:

The Adventure Center of Asheville is located adjacent to the Crowne Plaza Resort at 1 Resort Drive in Asheville.  Take Exit 3A off of I-240

The Asheville Adventure Center is off Patton Avenue behind Regent Park.

Be sure to use Regent Park Blvd, not Hansel Ave when approaching the Adventure Center of Asheville

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3. Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway. The Blue Ridge Parkway has been known to be America's Favorite Drive and considered the nation's most scenic highway. It is 469 miles long and connects the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in NC to the Shenandoah National Park in VA.

There are many attractions to visit along the parkway:

Folk Art Center at MP 328,
Pisgah Mountain at MP 408.6,
Graveyard Fields at MP 418.8, and
Devil's Courthouse at MP 422.4.

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4. Biltmore Estates

Biltmore House Asheville NC.

1 Lodge Street
Asheville, NC 28803
(800) 411-3812

Biltmore Estates consist of 8,000 acres and the Biltmore House covers about 4 acres. The Biltmore House is a four-story French Renaissance manor which was built between 1889 and 1895. It is the largest privately owned house in the United States. The house has 178,926 square feet of floor space and 135,280 square feet of living area. The exterior walls are Indiana limestone. The steeply pitched roof has a copper roofline with Vanderbilt's initials repeatedly inscribed along the crest. Also visit the conservatory adjacent to the house.

Tours are offered for the house and the winery. There are several restaurants, a hotel and gift shops on the grounds.

Biltmore Estates Ticket Information

On Biltmore Estates, there are 3 hotels: 
1) Village Hotel on Biltmore Estates - $$$
2) The Inn on Biltmore Estates - $$$$
3) Cottage on Biltmore Estates - $$$$

Local Driving Directions:

From Interstate 40 East
Take I-40 east to Asheville. Take exit 50 (U.S. Highway 25), then turn left at the traffic light after exiting. Stay in the left lane and follow signs to the Biltmore entrance.

From Interstate 40 West
Take I-40 west to Asheville and take exit 50B (U.S. Highway 25 North). After exiting, stay in the left lane and follow signs to the Biltmore entrance.

From Interstate 26/U.S. Highway 19/23 East
Take I-26 east to Asheville. In Asheville, take I-240 east to I-40 west. Follow Interstate 40 west to exit 50B (U.S. Highway 25 North). After exiting, stay in the left lane and follow signs to the Biltmore entrance.

From Interstate 26 West
Follow I-26 west toward Asheville to exit 31A (Hickory/Knoxville exit). Take I-40 east to exit 50 (U.S. Highway 25), then turn left at the traffic light after exiting. Stay in the left lane and follow signs to the Biltmore entrance.

From the Blue Ridge Parkway
Take the U.S. Highway 25 North exit; Biltmore is approximately 4 miles from the parkway.

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5. Lexington Glassworks

Lexington Glassworks. Located in downtown Asheville, NC, Lexington Glassworks has in-house demonstrations of glassblowing and pottery creations. Each piece is skillfully crafted with century old techniques. There are many items for sale and each one is unique. This makes great gifts or lovely additions to your home.

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6. Basilica Of Saint Lawrence

Basilica Of Saint Lawrence. 97 Hayword Street
Asheville, NC 28801

The Basilica of St. Lawrence is Spanish Renaissance architecture that was built in 1905. From the main aisle inside the church, you can see the beauty of the ellipse and the beauty of the dome. The dome is built entirely of tiles and is self-supporting. The dome has a clear span of 58x82 feet and is believed to be the largest unsupported dome in North America. The statues came from Italy and the high alter is made from marble found in Tennessee. The basilica is known for its many elaborate stained glass windows, many which were made in Munich, Germany.

Directions:
Basilica of Saint Lawrence is in the heart of Asheville, across the street from the US Cellular Civic Center.

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7. Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center

Folk Art Center. The Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center is home to the the Folk Art Center. The Folk Art Center is located at Milepost 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Folk Center features traditional and contemporary crafts of the Southern Appalachians. There are many one of a kind handmade items for sale. There are also daily craft demonstrations and visitors are invited to watch the artists create their pieces and talk about their craft.

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8. North Carolina Arboretum

North Carolina Arboretum.

100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way
Asheville, NC 28805

The North Carolina Arboretum is located in the Bent Creek Experimental Forest. The arboretum covers four hundred twenty-five acres and has thousands of individual plants. There is also a bonsai collection, a holly garden and a stream garden. Its tree collection includes a set of Metasequoias planted in 1950, and now said to be the tallest in the south (over 100 feet in height). The arboretum also includes many hiking and bicycling trails.

There is no admission fee, but there is a hefty parking fee ($14.00 per vehicle as of April, 2017).

Driving directions from:

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9. Gray Line Trolley Tours

Gray Line Tours. Take a trolley tour to learn more about the history and culture of Asheville, NC. See the highlights of the city with the hop on hop off trolley tour. A ghost tour is also offered.

Departure Location:
Visitors Center 
36 Montford Avenue 
(828) 258-6101

Duration time: 1.5 hours to 1.75 hours

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10. Western North Carolina Nature Center

NC Nature Center. 75 Gashes Creek Road
Asheville, NC 28805
(828) 298-5600

Hours: 10:00a - 5:00p

Directions: Follow I-240 E to US-74 ALT W/Fairview Rd. Take exit 8 from I-240 E and
Follow US-74 ALT W and Swannanoa River Rd to Gashes Creek Road.

WNC Nature Center
  features one of the largest collections of Southern Appalachian animal species in the world. It is home to over 60 species of animals including river otters, black bear, red wolves and cougars housed in a natural setting as they would normally be living if the animals were in the wild. There are also hundreds of species of plants, all representative of this unique bio-region, the Southern Appalachians. The WNC Nature Center is 6.2 miles from downtown Asheville.