Tour Asheville, North Carolina: Culture, Cuisine & History

North Carolina sightseeing tour guide:

Once the crossroads of ancient trade routes, Asheville today is an urban, artsy, and casual combination of mountain beauty and city fun.

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In 1889 George Vanderbilt began construction of Biltmore House, his palatial retreat on the banks of the French Broad River. He had
no idea that he was also setting the foundations of western North Carolina’s future
arts Mecca. Surrounded by the lofty peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains,
Asheville, known as the Paris of the South, is a city rich in history, filled
with architectural interest, and the home of a variety of artists, crafters, musicians,
writers, and performers. It also boasts dozens of great restaurants and breweries,
and a casual lifestyle that thrives on outdoor living.

Tour Highlights

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  • Asheville, North Carolina
  • Visitor Center and Downtown Asheville
  • Thomas Wolfe Neighborhood
  • Optional Cemetery Tour
  • Grovewood and the Grove Park Inn
  • River Arts District
  • Biltmore Village and Biltmore Estate
Transportation Walking & Driving
Specialty City/Town, Historical/Heritage
Tour Type
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  • For best parking rates, use a parking garage: Civic Center Garage, Rankin Avenue Garage, Wall Street Garage, or Biltmore Avenue Garage.
  • The Thomas Wolfe Memorial is open Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and closed Sunday and Monday. Tours are every half hour beginning at the gray building behind the house.
  • Asheville's Urban Trail features 30 stations of outdoor art depicting the city's history and famous people. We include a few of those stations here, but you can pick up a map with the whole list from the Asheville Visitor Center.
  • Visit the Asheville Art Museum on the first Wednesday of every month for free admission from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • The Omni Grove Park Inn offers a guided history tour Wednesday through Friday beginning at 10:00 a.m. and Saturday beginning at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Call (828) 252-2711 for details and reservations.

Pamela Watson

Pamela Watson is a freelance writer with over 400 articles published in national and regional magazines and newspapers. She is the author/co-author of four travel guides and a contributing writer for an online magazine. Southern by choice, Pamela lives on the Florida Gulf Coast.


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